January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO THOMAS STORY SPEDDING ; 17 August 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590817-TC-TSS-01; CL 35: 170


Auchtertool House, Kirkcaldy 17 Augt, 1859—

Dear Spedding,

Many thanks for your kind little Note; the friendly honest sound of your voice is welcome to me again!

We are certainly bound Southward before long; and certainly I will by no means forget Mirehouse1 when once on the Scottish Border!— My Wife, with many thanks and regrets, is obliged to say at once that she is out of the game,—being, in sad fact, far too weak for visiting operations. As for me, if I find it feasible at all, you need not doubt I will aim towards you for a day or two; but the route is all in chaos as yet; much is in “chaos,”—and a good deal of it likely to continue there!

If I live to get out of this last Prussian Scrape (by far the worst I ever got into, and appointed at any rate to be the last in my life), it is among my dreams to come to Mirehouse mounted on horseback, and rest in right earnest for ten days there. Alas, alas!—

In a fortnight or so I will answer more definitely as to this present adventure,—fortnight or so; and in the meanwhile, humbly commending myself to Mrs Spedding, to Baco Redivivus [Bacon Revived],2 and everybody near you, I am always

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle