January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


JWC TO MARY CARLYLE AUSTIN ; 27 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560927-JWC-MCA-01; CL 31: 241


Thornhill, Saturday [27 September 1856]

My dear Mary

You will know perhaps what time the train which leaves Dumfries at five p.m. reaches Cummertrees? Though I have a Bradshaw in my hand I cannot for my life make out that small fact!

But taking it for granted that you know it; this is to say if you will send some human creature to meet that train on Monday next (the day after tomorrow) I shall be deposited there, I and my carpet bag, to shake hands with you on my road to Scotsbrig.

I have written to Jamie to bring the gig to the Gill for me that night. It will be a long drive in the dark; but the drive will be less likely to hurt me than changing my bed for one night,—and I must be at Scotsbrig on Tuesday, in case of having to start for London the following day

I go from here by the earliest train on Monday, but must stop at Dumfries to see Jane, and between the train that reaches Dumfries about eleven and that which leaves it at five, I can find no other.

Mr Carlyle was greatly pleased with his sojurn at the Gill, and wrote in raptures about your and everybody's kindness to him.

I dont know quite whether he will be at Scotsbrig on Wednesday or not. I will tell you all about him when I see you, dear Mary. I hope you will get this on time to meet me, as I don't know the road.

Yours Affectionately

Jane Welsh Carlyle.