January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 16 March 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420316-TC-JWC-01; CL 14: 73


Ecclefechan, Wednesday Night [16 March 1842].

Dear Jeannie,—I am arrived here very wet and weary, thro' the Water-of-AE1 hills; Jamie brought me down: I will write you a longer word tomorrow. The stupid servant I sent away with a brief rebuke and a sovereign: Peggy Hiddlestone was left with Mary Mills (who still clings to the place); they alone remained, when Jamie and I came up from Dumfries last night. It was a moment I shall not forget. Vergangenheit [The past]!— Peggy had got an additional woman today, and was about a thorough washing and cleaning. I am to be back on friday or perhaps saturday, if friday be wet.— Jamie is waiting with the Gig and little light remains for us. Adieu, my dear Wife, now deprived of all but me poor useless me! Your Uncle will be getting into Liverpool: it will be a sad meeting for you all. Adieu; may all that is good be with you.

Your affectionate /

T. Carlyle