January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO HENRY LARKIN ; 13 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590913-JWC-HL-01; CL 35: 199-200


Craigenvilla Edinr / Tuesday 13 September 1859]

My dear Mr Larkin

Your letter made me very sad1—it always does make me very sad NOW to see youthful Enthusiasm going ahead right against the stone wall of Reality! But never mind! when you have taught yourself, by breaking your head; you will know better— It is the only way one can learn—advising is no good—

Yet I will expend a little advice on you, by word of mouth, when I come—for the sake of having discharged my duty as your friend, rather than for any hope of mending you!

I shall be home next week— I cannot specify the day yet—but will write again, in the hope of your coming to meet me. I am resolute for sleeping at York this time to break the journey—and have learnt the name of a good Inn2— My address after Friday until I set out on my return will be

Sunny Bank / Haddington—

in case you should have anything needing to be said

Your note to Mr C about the horse came to Auchtertool the day after he left for Scotsbrig Ecclefechan but I forwarded it immediately after reading it for my own behoof—

I despatch Charlotte tomorrow (Wednesday) at 3 p m by the vessel which leaves Granton at that hour— I am told it is the Princess Royal the same by which they came from London—

But I have not seen it in print. The horse is to be sent from Fyfe to meet Charlotte and the dog—unless Mr C has again made new arrangements about it without my knowledge—

I enclose a note for Charlottes Father3—please give him. I dont recollect their number in Cheyne Row4 and Charlotte is out seeing Edinr

Yours affectionately /

J W Carlyle