January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 27 June 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590627-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 128-129


Humbie, Monday, 27 june [1859]

Thanks, dear Brother, for your punctuality & industriously useful information.1

Two Notes from Jane came this morning; of whh this inclosed2 is evidently the later, & contains her final determination: I have just written3 to say I comply with it in every respect,—and that she must make for your Lodging, during the three hours or so (11.6 a.m.—2.45 p.m.) she will have to wait in Edinr. Possibly enough she will not get my this-day's Letter; but that will make no difference; she already knows your Landlady4 has heard of her: nay I shd not wonder if you were in waiting personally at the train,—tho’ that is not necessary! If so, be good and soft with her; you have no notion what ill any flurry or fuss does her,—and I know always how kind your thoughts are (and also hers, in spite of any flaws that may arise!)— I will be in waiting at Burnt-Island from about 3½ p.m. You need not come across with her, I shd think, at all at all; tho’ perhaps you will, if she don't peremptorily object. There will be some scrap of dinner for you here, among the rest of us; and return at 8 p.m. from Bt Isld, if so.— Here are 2 articles wanted.

1o. One bottle good sherry; there is a stock coming from Leith,5 but none to start with for Zambajo,6 and possibly you may know of a surer shop than the Burnt-Isld Inn will be (But I don't know, either? Ask her if she have not a phial of the liquor;—and say to her nothing more about it).

2o. A sixpenny walking-stick (hooked, that will at once hang itself up,—peeled oak or the like, not weighty, light rather). Also, a small slip of cane (with hooked end, that too) for a riding switch (Mary7 used to get them at Annan, price 1 penny!)—an important order.

3o. Two egg-spoons, bone, the cheapest clean sort.

4o. A bread-rack (black wire, painted black,—I will give it to Mary when done with here).

5o. Halfpenny worth of sprigs (kind of nails, for fastening the sashes of these windows; I sent to Aberdour, but got too short a kind;—bring yours the length of the first joint of your finger. This is for you!).—

Mr Fergus8 has come in; I must stop.

Yours ever /

T. Carlyle