January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JWC ; 15 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590915-TC-JWC-01; CL 35: 202-203


Scotsbrig, 15 Septr 1859

Thanks dear Goody; I was right glad of your Letter this morning, probably you have no guess how glad!

Four in the morning, and dreams of Walter's John in Hessian boots, fallen speechless, with the Steamer starting:—alas, it is the bad old story, I see. But you have now got everything handsomely off your little hand; and will surely be able to repose with a little more security.

All was right abt John & the Horse;—the 2/6, I guess, was for provender on the voyage;—Charlotte and the two quadrupeds are surely getting a fine voyage, and we may wish them all luck of it.

I have had about a hatful of scrubby Notes to write; and there is not a minute left me: but I could not let you off to a new Address witht writing one word, poor little soul. I have got paper too; but this is the comfortablest kind for a steel pen, in case of haste.

On Monday I have to set my Gill Tailor1 going, and shall probably be over there for a day or two then;—or I can ride over, & return, same day: “Dromedary”2 one of the coarsest of high horses, is one of the willingest, singularly safe in the feet, and I make her “plonk” about with me, at a speedy rate, many miles every day. Poor little Jenny too is one of the best of missuses (poor little creature, it is pathetic to see her & see all of them): her chicken messes are wholesome to me; and I feel better, surely not worse. Jamie will, of course, wear with loyalty whatever you knit to him, tho’ I have not yet had opportunity to speak.—— I have declined Spedding on the route homewards, & written to Lady Stanley to ask, as Alderly suits on the road home for a night's rest.— This is all, Goody mine,—except my heart's blessing. T. Carlyle