October 1833-December 1834

The Collected Letters, Volume 7


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN; 25 February 1834; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18340225-TC-JCA-01; CL 7:109-110.


Craigenputtoch, 25th Feby / 1834—

My Dear Jean,

We got a keg of table-beer last week from some Brewer I believe in Irish Street; which liquor I like so well that I wish you to send our Mother a keg of the same dimensions tomorrow by Garthwaite. It costs 3 shillings; there are 24 bottles in it. If our Mother like it as well as I, it is pity she should ever want a stock of it. We shall see. Rob will give you the money; and, indeed, go and get the thing himself if you instruct him.

I have a piece of news that will surprise you, and not so agre[e]ably. Nay perhaps you have it already (if M'Diarmid have put in the Advertisement, that our House is to Let), and are already surprised at it. We are speaking quite seriously and practically about setting off for London at Whitsunday! I did not mention it to Alick last Wednesday; because it was not till last Thursday1 that we started it ourselves. As yet none knows of it but our two selves;—and M'Diarmid, who has if not inserted got orders to insert the Advertisement. We have long had it in the wind[;] we are quite buried alive here, and must try to [free?] ourselves. Tell nobody of it (at least not Rob) unless the Newspaper have already made it public.— Unless there come something in the Letter way tomorrow I think I must go down about friday or saturday and tell our Mother. You shall see me, by the road, and hear all about it. God bless you dear Sister! Commend me to the goodman.— Ever yours— T. C.