January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 29 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560929-TC-JAC-01; CL 31: 244


Loch Luichart, 29 Septr, 1856— (Monday 11 a.m,—wet and stormy)

My dear Brother,

You are always delightfully punctual; I am very glad to get your last Note just before starting. We do go at 2 o'clock; Jane (as I anticipate) will be waiting for me at Scotsbrig on Wedy evg; and on Saturday, I calculate we shall take the Kirklebridge1 11 a.m. and the Carlisle Express as you recommend.

I have all my packing still to do; so shall not detain myself and you with farther supervacania [superfluity]. I found my penny stamps the other day, safe in their cover under masses of extraneous matter; I send you a dozen to be out of debt on that side.

I am very glad your bad Boy2 is getting actually to sea; it will be a pleasant washing of your hands of a job that was not to be mended.

Wish me safe home at Chelsea again out of these savage moors. We go in an “omnibus” of our own to Inverness; it is but 32 miles;—do not start till 2 p.m. So again I shall not see the Town, if that were any matter.

I will try to add a line in pencil, there, testifying our arrival.— Yours ever

T. Carlyle

Inverness 6 p.m.—Here we are; safe so far, and not much molested by the weather;—dinner in half an hour will heat one. On tomorrow at 6.