January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 2 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590902-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 186-187


Auchtertool, 2 Septr, 1859—

My dear Brother,

I know not well what I wrote to you last time, such a flurry and hurry was I in; and yesterday (Fergus coming in upon me, and sleep the night before not having quite come), I had not the fair opportunity to write at all, as I intended. My genl notion was that there wd not be room for us both at Scotsbrig, that we shd be in one another's way &c &c: most of whh seems to be a partial or complete mistake of mine. You are very good to let the thrawn mortal do as he will, witht snarling at him! He, on his side, ought a fortiori [for the stronger reason] to do the like by you, and study to forward nor to contradict what your wishes may be! Before yr Letter came I had decided to make for Burntisland, and across Tomorrow (Saturday) by the Noon Boat;—so, if it be not fairly too wet for venturing, you may look for me betn one & 2. To return by the last boat there is; you with me to Burntd if you will volunteer: or once there, if you like to come on with me, there is really no difficulty abt giving you a perfectly good bed, four-poster & room as big as mine (only better planned), and quiet as quiet can be!—

In spite of all botherations, I do not feel to have gone backwards in the healthy way since coming hither, but on the contrary. However, it is clear I ought to lift my wallets now fairly, and walk.

Poor Hunt;1 we had heard yesterday of his departure,—there is the mournful quality in it that belongs to ;GATelos [Death] everywhere!— Yours always T. Carlyle

I meant to try for a bathe again today at Aberdour (probly2 my final one at prest), but the rain or Scotch-mist is agt me.3