July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


JWC TO CHARLOTTE SOUTHAM ; 29 August 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580829-JWC-CSO-01; CL 34: 165-166


Lann Hall Tynron / Dumfriesshire [29 August 1858]

Dear Little woman—I hope you will be glad to hear, that altho' I did set out on a Friday, I am arrived quite safe and sound at my journey's end. I had that large carriage entirely to myself for half of the whole journey. My friend was waiting for me, with a waiter from the Hotel to take charge of my luggage, and a gentleman;1 in case any use could be found for one! and nice warm tea with hot brandered chicken and ham was ready in five minutes after. In spite of the squealing of Trains coming and going, I slept much better than ever do at home, and got up next day able to go about and see the Town of Carlisle. We did not leave till 3 in the afternoon and got home at seven. It is a beautiful Place this, and the kindest Hostess that ever was seen—and there are three charming little boys2 of whom Nero would be dreadfully jealous if he saw how much I make of them. The youngest, about four, says to me whenever I come into the room a few words—always the same—“Eh! that's a bonny wee cap, ye have on!!”—

While I was in the Train the day I left you I suddenly perceived that my little finger was without the little gold ring I had worn for twenty years!3 I looked all over the bottom of the carriage, but not a trace of it! So I try to hope you would find it about the basin stand or on the carpet of my bedroom— I have a recollection of hearing something fall from me that morning, and not seeing anything at first glance I thought no more about it— If you have the ring dont sent it; only let me hear it is safe Also I miss a cap which went to Mrs Cook,4 perhaps as it was made of muslin that had lain till quite black she kept it, to whiten—anyhow take the first opportunity of questioning her about it—

Dont forget to take Punch5 to Mr Royston6 next Thursday Yours truly

J W Carlyle