January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 22 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560922-JWC-TC-01; CL 31: 234


Scotsbrig Monday 22d [September 1856]

Oh dear! Oh dear! To be thrown into a quandary like this, just when I am getting ready to start for Thornhill! You are so wrong in your dates that I dont know what to make of it!—22d you have written at the top of your note and it arrives here on the 22d!— It may be all right, but also it may very probably be all wrong—and the five pound note I sent you from Ecclefechan on Thursday the 18th, and the long letter that accompanied it gone to nobody knows where!—Pleasant! Why can't you take money enough with you— If I had not been told to inclose notes I would have sent a postoffice order on Dingwall—Till I hear for certain that the letter and money are lost, I dont know what to write!— There is no pleasure in telling you the same things over again

I took the letter to Ecclefechan in the gig and Jamie posted it, while I bought envelopes—there was no visibility of the note in it even when held between you and the light—

Please to write immediately on receiving this to / Mrs Russells— Thornhill, Dumfriesshire to say if you have got the money—Jamie is going to drive me to Annan—and it is a day of heavy showers— But I am to be met at Thornhill station and must go—

Yours faithfully /

Jane Welsh