The Collected Letters, Volume 11


TC TO ALEXANDER CARLYLE ; November 1839; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18391100-TC-AC-01; CL 11: 211-212


Chelsea, Friday (2½ p.m.) [November 1839]

Dear Alick,

Take a word from me today, of the briefest kind, to tell you that after due announcement &c of which you see evidence inclosed, the Box of Brandy arrived here, safe (to all appearance), the day before yesterday. I say “to all appearance,” and indeed have no doubt that it is “in reality”: but the Box is convenient for keeping the liquor in, and we have set it by unopened. I am much obliged to you for the trouble you have taken; and glad for both our sakes that it has succeeded.

“18 bottles” must mean I think three gallons, the prime cost of which, if I mistake not, is some £4”10. I here inclose you a five-pound Note. If you will not have any profit, pray send over a bottle of the same Brandy to my Mother; and divide any residue of cash there may be, equally between Rob Scott and old Jamie Morison.1 That will make all square.— And pray write to me directly (or re-address that Courrier [sic] to me, if you cannot get written) to announce that the Cash has come safe.— Of Course, make yourself right out of the £5 first, if I have calculated wrong!—

We are in our usual way of health here; I beginning rather to get into something like a working habit: that is the great blessing for me!

The Doctor has got back to Brighton safe; he wrote to me yesterday about sending off a certain Book (one D'Aubigny's on the Reformation),2 by the November Magazine Parcel;—which I have attended to.

Jean's Letter was very welcome. Tell my dear Mother that I will try to have a bit word for her lying ready next sabbath-day too, when she comes over to the Preaching! And so adieu, dear Brother; a blessing on you all!

T. Carlyle