January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO EDWARD ELLICE ; 23 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560923-TC-EEL-01; CL 31: 236-237


Kinloch Luichart, 23 Septr / 1856—

Dear Mr Ellice,

Rouse gave me your message, which I felt to be very kind and agreeable, tho' I did not need it to assure me of a Highland welcome if ever I could contrive to take Glen Quoich in my course.

Alas, it is not possible at all on this occasion: I was half killed by my tumbling up hither so many hundred miles, in miscellaneous vehicles, no sleep to be had, and for breath in the rail trains nothing but foul air, and in the inns mostly coal gas, and the vapour of whisky punch: “Waita! Dlass of wisky and hot wata'!”—Oh, it is heartbreaking to the solitary meditative man! And now my beneficent hosts undertake to convey me safe from all that, as far as Edinr; and thence the same evening (Wednesday week) to meet my Wife in Annandale; and so start, by Carlisle, for Chelsea on the Saturday ensuing. I have told the Lady I would fly to Glenquoich, had I wings; but having hardly hoofs, how under above conditions can I go!

My Wife has been tolerably well all this while; and both of us rather reckon ourselves improved by this long spell of rustication. We will hope to meet you in London in a few days; and to take Glenquoich some other time when the omens are better.

Will you offer my kind regards to the junior branches, Gentleman and Lady.1 I cannot pretend to send you (beyond what you have assuredly got) the least particle of human news out of this boiling whirlwind of rainstorms (such it is today and for a week past); but am always,

With many wishes and regards

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle