January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 10 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560910-TC-JAC-01; CL 31: 221-222


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

My dear Brother,

Your Letter did accompany me in my wild ride; it was the first thing that welcomed me after I got hither this morning!—

I did go by Fife, but could not by Linlathen: Poor Captn Paterson! He had suddenly died the Saturday before1 (as perhaps you may have heard), and had left the Erskines in great distress. But I found Jane (by lucky accident) at Fergus's on a visit; there or at Auchtertool I abode (rather sleepless at the former place) till Monday afternoon. Thence to Aberdeen that same Monday Evg. Thence next day to Inverness (very miserably troublesome kind of journey): from Inverness a night-journey, and the painfullest haggling thro' these mountains by Highland Coaches, brot me at last, safe and utterly tired, to my goal this morning; and here,—after a good sleep of 6 hours, and the events of the day (if other events there have been,2—I write you a word before bed time, not to miss the first post tomorrow morning.

It is like a journey into Biscay or the vallies of Dauphiné;3 I have hardly in my life had such haggling & wraggling,—the rather as I cannot read Bradshaw;—however it is all over witht mischief, & that is good comfort.

We have little company here (Lord and Lady Grey4 soon going, and then only two untitled bachelors of insignificant pretention left);5 so that we promise to live very quiet. Place decided pretty, by the side of a pleasant Loch among fine mountains, and green patches or considerable tracts of primitive Forest at our right hand and left:—finally to me a very quiet room. All which is well for a couple of weeks.

May this find you safe returned from Paris with all your troublesome business done. Give me sign (a Newspaper with two Strokes will do), then write when you have time.

Ever your affecte /

T. Carlyle