August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


JWC TO TC ; 13 August 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570813-JWC-TC-01; CL 33: 27


Auchtertool— / Thursday [13 August 1857]

My packing is just finished Dear— my dinner will be up in five Minutes—and then I am off to Kircaldy to catch the three oclock train. The day is very calm so I hope to escape sickness—anyhow I shall be glad to have saved myself from “The Child of Glory,1 and its Court. And as one hopes for relief when one is feverish in bed, from turning on the other side, so I look forward to morningside with a certain thankfulness— At all events it is near Sunny Bank and Sunny Bank is on the road to London—

Jeanie and her suite did not arrive till yesterday— The Baby is about three finger lengths long—the two nurses nearly six feet each!—five packing cases came before them by the Carrier! and as many portmanteaus and carpet-bags in the carriage with them!—“Did you ever?” “No—I never!”2

I have kept my temper with all this nonsense wonderfully—to outward appearance at least—but it is only the speedy prospect of getting far away from it that has enabled me to keep from bursting out into swearing— I hoped to have had leisure to write at decent length yesterday afternoon or today—but one can't get on with anything in this infernal hubbub— So I just scribble this little note to put in the post office on my way out to Morningside that you may know I have “crossed”3 without accident— The Morningside post leaves early I believe

Yours affectionately / Jane W Carlyle