The Collected Letters, Volume 4


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE; 29 March 1828; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18280329-TC-JWC-01; CL 4:348.


Scotsbrig, Saturday Noon [29 March 1828].

Dearest Wife,

Alick is here and going round by Dumfries homewards; so I write a single line to say that I am waiting anxiously for word from you. I have already sent three times to Ecclefechan, there being some dubiety in the route of the Dumfries Mail. By Carlisle nothing came for me this morning: but I still hope from Moffatt in the afternoon. Poor Auntie! It seemed as if I were waiting for her sentence of life or death. Again say to her that my best love and prayers are with her.

All my business is done here, and my Mother going with Alick to Craigenputtock: I wait only for your Letter, and light how I am farther to proceed. God bless you always! I am in great haste; and ever my dear Jeanie's affectionate Husband,

Thomas Carlyle—