October 1831-September 1833

The Collected Letters, Volume 6


TC TO ELIZA STODART; 22 December 1832; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18321222-TC-EA-01; CL 6:282-283.


Templand, Thornhill, 22nd Decr 1832—

My Dear Miss Stoddart,

Jane wrote you a very long Letter; but I find on inquiry that two of the most important items are forgotten. My Brother told her long ago that Forgetfulness was stealing over her; that a general “breaking up of the faculties” had become visible.

The two things forgotten are: first that at Craigenputtoch we have only one post day in the week; the day that corresponds to your Tuesday afternoon: a Letter sent from you (I think, before 5 o'clock) reaches us next night in that way; if missed then, it must lie, in all human probability, for another week.1 Let this therefore be a word to the wise. The second thing I had to remind you of, “dearly beloved,” as we of the Pulpit say,—is that you must in no wise forget to give us the precise address of the House in your next Letter; so that we may be able to write carrier directions, post-office directions, and so forth, without loss of time.

If anything else is forgotten, do you by natural sagacity, find it out and accomplish it! Could you want any wider commission?

We are here till Monday;2 Mrs Welsh appeared too weak today for leaving. She will not consent to accompany us to Edinr; but I think will join us there. What new arrangements are to be made at Templand does not yet altogether appear: there is time enough for considering.

Now let us find you at your post, well and giving welcome;—and so be a glad meeting appointed for us all!

With kind remembrances to “Uncle,” whom we hope to see often, I remain, / Dear Eliza, / Yours very truly

Thomas Carlyle