The Collected Letters, Volume 4


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 21 February 1826; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18260221-TC-JAC-01; CL 4:e4.


Tuesday, 2 o'clock [21? February 1826]—

My dear Jack—I have not a moment's time to write; being hurried beyond measure, endeavouring to get these sheets despatched in proper [order?]. They did not come into my hand last night till late, owing to the wildness of the day, which prevented all ingress or egress: and now I am about riding down with them to Annan for the purpose of making up my leeway, and screening the good M'Cork1 from disappointment. Now that the matter is arranged so satisfactorily, I expect to go on with more regularity. Alick sends you a little sheet, with all our news I suppose, which a very small compass may hold, for they are little else than a round O.

What a pretty acquaintance you have got up with the Free-l[or]d of Oakdale!2 I wish I had seen the little gentleman: tell him [that?] I will not fail to ask for him, should I ever come to Germany [Do]es he pass thro' Weimar? If so I will send Goethe's Book by [h]im.3 Ask him, and tell me.

Could you persuade Miss Welsh to write to me by the next packet? Go and see her, as often as you can find it convenient: she will always receive you with satisfaction.

Our Mother is just come over from Mainhill, where she had been stormstaid since Saturday. She sends her constant love to you; and would be glad of a letter by your first leisure. Not a word of Scotsbrig: I will tell you about houses, when it is settled. Get on with your Thesis,4 and stay in your present Lodgings if you can.— Sat est [Enough]!— I am ever your Brother,

Th: Carlyle—