January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 6 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590906-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 195


Auchtertool, 6 Septr 1859

My dear Brother,

I am glad you resolve to go with me: I shall study to be up to time on Thursday; and hope it will all go smoothly and well. My opinion rather is I ought to get into the rail at Kirkcaldy, there being bulky luggage (two Portmanteaus of good size), and the better road that way. But we shall see.

None of those Paterson-Romanes specimens1 will do for the kind of dressing-gown I want; whh indeed is not needed till I get to London. A winter coat (warm supple thick cloth, of dark colour) wd be very desirable in Annandale: we will try to look in abt that on Thursday, and see whether something like my notion cannot be realised.— I had to wait a good while, loitering on the braes, at Aberdour; I then went to Wilson's (Horse in a hopeful, but still rather suffering state), and sat there talking (very gratuitously, fool that I was, and very surprisingly to the good Wilson & his wife)2 for the greater part of 2 hours! Home then, with all convenient despatch, thro’ the Cullaloe Woods.3— I am in a queasy biliary condition today; but will be canny and struggle thro’ to Scotsbrig without another feverish fit, if I can.

If Gordon be at home,4 we ought to look in upon him on Thursday; but must make no stay, or eating there: the less talk also, the better.

This, after a windy easterly night, is a warm kind of westerly day; occasionally very bright; occasionally raining, as at this moment.— I write a word to Jean; holding out a hope of meeting (not fixing anything) at The Gill next Sunday—

Yours affectionately /

T. Carlyle

Would you get me a Packet of (smallish) Letter-Covers (50 of medium size, other 50 not too small,—unstamped, and put them in yr trunk for me. Any kind will do!—5