July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 17 August 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580817-TC-JAC-01; CL 34: 138-140


The Gill, 17 Augt, 1858—

Dear Brother,

Many thanks for your kind Gift of the Book this morning; whatever the worth of it as a Book be, I take it as a mark of your attentive affection, which is always valuable to me.

Will you write one other Note to Foxton; mentioning merely what Hotel; in Princes Street,1 I said, it was to be, and that you would appoint, and give me the name of it. Fn is to meet at the railway station (9:40 a.m from Ecclefn: pray name the Edinr hour to him, if you at once can, as I cannot): with a given Hôtel and a given Train, we are certainly secure of meeting! And you will have ended this bothering negociation I put you into. We are not to look for you at Hamburg, it seems; but I hope you will turn up somewhere with your friendly countenance to enliven the dreary scene for me.

I have lost my sleep, and gone all to nonsense, by these sudden revolutions in arrangt; and indeed all yesterday was not far from determining to give up the disagreeable enterprize and uncertain companionship altogether: but today has arrived a very cheering new element: an invitation from the Usedoms (by the Gnädige Frau [gracious lady],2 Husband being absent at the moment) to come direct from Hamburg to their place in the Isle of Rügen3 for a few days first!

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Isle of Rügen
Murray's Handbook for North Germany (1874)

Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland


This is capital, this first renders the enterprise fairly double with effect (for Usedom will fit me out with counsels, with introductions &c); and the tone of the invitation was such that I at once accepted. At Hamburg, therefore, it seems likely I will part with Foxton for a while; send him off to Tom Wilson, to—where he likes: and in fact I shall be able to study during the voyage what are the best methods with such qualities as his are. To Neuberg I had already written; Ng is all-skilful in mechanical helps; and probably, as you say, Foxton and he may be got to “neutralise one another” in the troublesome particulars there may be!

Jean is here, since Saturday Evg; was glad of your Letter; is naturally, as all concerned are, greatly pleased with such a prospect for Jamie junr:4 may it realise itself, and go well in all ways!—

I remove to Scotsbrig probably on Thursday; have still all my packing &c to do here. If you care to call at Cheyne Row, the little Maid will let you “see the House, and take any book” you like along with you &c. You will find a Fraser5 (I believe), whh, after reading it so far as needful, you might send to Jean. Hardly worth your while perhaps?—

One thing I will ask you specially to do in the course of Wedy: go to Alsop the Chemist's in Sloane Square6 (Alsop is off now in person, but the Successor7 is aware); and bid him send me a dozen pills “Mrs Carlyle the common kind” (not the small mercury, but the oldest or common kind—both of your ordering: he may address “Scotsbrig,” and will be in time Friday morning, if Thursday be unhandy.

Return many thanks with my complts to the hospitable Mr Hostage;8 and say I should with pleasure make his acquaintance on the kind terms proposed if my road ever led thro' his quarter.9 Adieu dear Brother. Yours ever affecte

T. Carlyle