The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO JANET CARLYLE HANNING ; 25 October 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18411000-TC-JCHA-01; CL 13: 287-288


[late October 1841]

beginning yet. How they are to get thro' the winter might seem a mystery to us. I think there is considerable danger of disturbance and riot in the large towns.

Our last news from Scotsbrig was by a Letter from Jean; who I think meant to return by Gill, and you, after writing that Letter. Your news therefore are later than ours.

I asked them to tell me at present what money you had in hand; but they have not done it yet. Jamie (of Scotsbrig) said formerly he thought there were upwards of fifty pounds worth of things belonging to you in his hands; and that he would furnish you with what part of the payment of it you gradually needed. That seemed to me a reasonable plan. Meanwhile not knowing how things actually go on, and whether you have got fairly started yet, I imagine it may be as satisfactory to me if I send you a Five-pound Note herewith;—as I accordingly do. If you have no need of it, lay it by till you have. I could like at any rate to hear that you had plenty of good firing for those rooms of yours in winter; and I wish you to get yourself two carts of coals out of this money: James will bring them for you from Annan; or if he is too busy an Annan Carter will do it.

Write me a single word by return of post to say that this Letter has arrived safe. I enclose you a cover, which is already stamped (it came here by mistake in that state), and needs only to be sealed.— Write to me more at large afterwards; write to me always, dear Jenny, when you are in difficulty, when I can do any service whatever for you. And so Good be with you!— Your affectionate

T. Carlyle