January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 25 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590925-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 216-217


The Gill, 25 Septr (2 p.m.) 1859

Dear Brother,—If this reach you in time, will you (with Jean to counsel) buy me the best railway rug you can find in Dumfries;—I quite forgot it yesterday, and find now I may stand in need of such a thing on my journey home. I care not what colour (“like your own,” will do very well every way for the rug, colour “darker” no objection); only let it be of good quality and size; and it will be a useful supplement to the one I have at home, in time coming.

[I got well home yesterday; and Mary1 was wait]2ing for me with a respectable spring-cart, and tea ready on our arrival: but, alas, I found I had caught a noticeable lot of cold; and thro’ the night I had a good deal to do with it, tho’ by good care and luck I have got it well brought under, and happily it is mostly all in the nose and tonsils as yet, nothing of it in the larynx where I like it worst.

The morning was so delugy, I could not think of Scotsbrig at all; and even yet, when the wind is up and the sky clear, I hesitate about setting out,—tho’ now as good as resolved to go. This will be posted at Ecclefn; and a sign to you of my arrival there.