January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 8 August 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590808-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 164


Auchtertool, 8 july [Aug.] 1859

My dear Brother,

Your Note and Saty Review arrived, during my after-breakfast smoke on the Lawn. We are beautifully lodged here, and shall have all things looped up into adjustt, and smoothly under way again, we hope, before long. Jane is better, and out on her Cuddy this day for the first time,—day being very fine. I bathed, as well as posted my Letters, that Saturday Evg; but have not since tried the sea,—being in some doubts about the propriety of it in present circumstances. The fact is, my cold has developed itself ever since you left me, in a quite uncomfortable degree; and tho’ not on the growing hand (since Saturday morning) is decidedly uncomfortable; and has such a hold of me as, I feel, will not quit all at once, or without means used. I am off to Kirkcaldy today for—blue pill & castor! That, with careful avoidance of evidently evil influences, will set it off again in a few days, I hope. There is not much or indeed almost any cough; but the end of the windpipe is sorish, & the phlegm needs to be got out (usually by one hotch of cough) from time to time thro’ the day. The usual slightly feverish skin, and genl feel of cold: this is the whole phenomenon. I will appoint some day for meeting you. Hither to dinner, beyond all doubt!—

If Ld Ashburton do not write to me1 (as most likely he will not, having in all probability lost my Address by this time!)—I do not think I shall volunteer the least effort in prest circs.

Poor old Postie,2 oh dear, oh dear!—

Your affecte / T. Carlyle3