October 1831-September 1833

The Collected Letters, Volume 6


TC TO JAMES CARLYLE; 25 September 1832; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18320925-TC-JC-01; CL 6:231-232.


Craigenputtoch, Tuesday Night / 25th September 183[2]—

My Dear Jamie,

If Alick saw [you, he] would be speaking something of this Boy. Since then we have altered our figure a little. The poor honest slut of a Boy would very gladly have gone to Scotsbrig, if he went anywhither; but looked so inexpressibly wae to go away at all, that we could not but resolve to leave him in peace. If he is worth his victuals to you, when we set out for Edinburgh, or at any time till we return, you shall have him: if not, he “will go home; and get to the school a while.” So it is settled.

I hope you are come to get me rid of that Mare, and will prosper some way. I believe her well worth the money you gave for her; but care not if I never see her face again. Catlinns and you will, I know, make the most of the market, and do for me far better than I could for myself.

We are in great “wishfulness” to know what is going on at Scotsbrig and at Catlinns; whether your Harvest is done, and well done, &c &c[.] Will you come up, and tell us: either, or both of you? Otherwise send word with the Boy. At worst, I will come by and by, and see.

The Boy has a Basket of wares, and messages to do: then leave to look about him till four o'clock. Forward him at that hour, if he come in your way.——— My best Blessing with you both!

Your affectionate Brother (very busy), /

T. Carlyle—

Alick would of course get the Book-parcel and Letter, by Walters, last Wednesday?