January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 29 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560929-TC-JWC-01; CL 31: 243-244


Loch Luichart (Monday Morning, rainy, rude) 29 Septr 1856—

My Dear little Goody,—I recognise, in this Note whh has just come, your desire to do what is kind to me: thanks, thanks;—but we will go on no such foolish score; we will stand by what was already settled; and Jamie shall meet me at the Ecclefechan station on Wedny Night; and we will repose at Scotsbrig till Saturday, and get home together that evening, if it please Heaven and you!— I am not under “the protection” of the Ashburtons farther than to Inverness, where are human hireable vehicles to be had: you little understand what the degree of “pleasantness” that of my position here is and has been:—in short, I am off from Edinburgh on Wednesday Evg at 5 o'clock, and Jamie picks me up as above-said. And you will not find me a bad companion out of “disappointment,” but from some other cause, if at all.

Lady A. has made no appearance these many days at such hour; probably will not today either till night at Inverness, if then,—for she is really ailing I believe with cold, and the weather &c are perfectly mortifying to the thickest-skinned people. She can say nothing of your Note therefore; nor would any saying avail.

We are not to get away till “after luncheon,” 2 p.m., 32 miles only; tomorrow is the tug of war. I have all my packing still ahead;—having declined “George”1 (the excellent George who has been very kind to me all along): I have a short Note to write to John; and still time enough left.— I will add, in pencil, a line at Inverness, and then post,—if we arrive rightly. The Inverness post-hours I do not know; but certainly this will reach you before Wednesday morning, if it have average luck.

Not a word more, but my blessing evermore.

T. Carlyle

Inverness Caledonian Hotel, 6 ½ p.m.

Here we are, i.e. Rous, Kinnear & I, in an Omnibus, with the Soubrette inside, are just come; the Herrschaft [master and mistress] taking the start by a few minutes;—I have got into a backroom that looks quiet: dinner is to be in half an hour, which will warm one. We rode outside, and suffered nothing from weather.—The light is all gone, & hot water coming—

Adieu, Dearest. Wish me well thro tomorrow; next day we meet.— T.C.