January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO ISABELLA CARLYLE ; 10 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560910-TC-IC-01; CL 31: 220-221


Kinloch Luichart, 10th (Wedy Evg) Septr, 1856

Dear Isabella,

Here I at last am since 9 this morning. A most fatiguing confused and quite other than delightful journey;—the last real sleep-and-comfort I had being that at Scotsbrig from whh your goodman roused me on Saturday. Here are my stages:

Saturday to Edinr & Kirkaldy at 2 p.m. as proposed.1 Here, by great good luck I found actually on a visit on her own score; here or at Auchtertool I staid till Monday.

Monday 2 p.m. By Dundee way to Aberdeen:—big interesting old Scotch city;—sleep there (actually get some sleep). Start next morning

Tuesday 11 a.m. by rail, Coach &c to Inverness2 (110 miles or so, country much of it rather too like Blaweary,3—tho' beautiful in other parts, and the harvest getting on); arrive, very much tired abt 9 p.m.— Sleep here? Alas no thot of that; have to start again in Coaches, jumble about all night (nothing but egg-tea and tobacco to live upon); a hard unpleasant night: but do arrive here safe about 9 a.m.,—and have had 6 hours sleep since. We are very quiet, the place pleasant; and I hope to do moderately well for a 2 weeks.

I rather think Jane is coming to you very soon,—partly to be nursed which she still requires. I know you will be good to her. Tell Jamie the Corn is all very much blown & laid as I came along, but looks otherwise heavy & good in the good regions.

Affectionate regards to him and to all. Ever yours T. Carlyle