January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 30 August 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560830-JWC-TC-01; CL 31: 204-205


Auchtertool / Saturday [30 August 1856]

As I wrote a long letter yesterday, and am still full of coughing and sneezing, and up to little; this is merely a line to clear your programme from any tag-ragery of uncertainties, depending on me.1

I have had no letter from the Erskines— Indeed Mrs Sterling2 did not say she would write—only, she inquired about my address so particularly, that I supposed it was in the view of writing. But for the rest she seems to understand you had already written to her Brother promising him a visit—and she herself said enough in the way of invitation, to both of us.

If the weather had continued warm and if I hadn't gone and caught cold; I should have had no objection to going to Linlathen next week; tho' at the same time—I must say—“being an only child I never WISHED3 to go to Linlathen!—there being places I should like better to stay at, all the weeks I remain in Scotland. But as it is; I “scream at the idea”!— I have lost all this week in bed—and it is “to be strongly doubted [”] if I shall now have health and time enough for all the visits I had really at heart to pay— So set me quite aside in that matter, and take Linlathen either in going to, or coming from the Highlands as you find most expedient. I thought if you did not, when the time came, accept Lady A's offer to be taken home with them—you might perhaps prefer going to London by Sea—and in that case you might have found it most convenient to take Linlathen last of all, and sail from Dundee Pray don't “feel it your duty” in the slightest degree, to escort me back to London—if you can get there with more ease to yourself without me—I am a very good traveller, you know—and shall have my canaries to keep up my spirits—

If I get well enough for it I shall go to Miss Jessie4 for 2 or at most 3 days this incoming week—and next week set out on my other visits—a day or two at my Aunts again in passing thro Edinr—(that I engaged for—chiefly on Betty's account—) then to Jeanie5 at Glasgow—then to Mrs Russell at Thornhill then to Scotsbrig—And then south—either with you, or alone as is found most suitable—“to take up the threads of”—what?—Nero!—Poor Dear he at least will be glad! If no one else is!

Yours always