January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 18 June 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420618-TC-JCA-01; CL 14: 206-207


Chelsea, Saturday / 18 june, 1842—

Dear Jean,

Your Letter has this moment arrived; for which be many thanks. I have heard nothing either from Scotsbrig; except a very short imperfect Notice from Jenny that she was just going back to Gill, [and] that my Mother did not mean to ac[company] her at present. The reason assigned was that Austin1 had somehow failed to come for them at the appointed day. Our Mother was represented to be in her usual state of health. I wrote to her yesterday. Today I must write some kind of Note to Jenny about the Shirts.

“The Duke,” it seems, has put Jardine into Templand, according as I bargained; and, “it is thought,” will in consequence pay me the £100; but has not been pleased yet to signify any portion of his ducal resolution on the subject to me. Hunter of Morton Mill wrote to that effect; I have heard [no] more whatever. They have me [in their] power, to that length,—thank God, no hairsbreadth farther! They shall wholly do their own way in it.

Our weather here is as hot as anywhere, and hitherto without the smallest wetting of rain. For the last two days however we have veiled sky, a smell of moisture, and the heat indeed altogether abated. I carry on in it as well as usual; keep within doors till night &c: no work comes yet on paper; Heaven knows when it will, for the thing seems to lie miles deep, and gets ever deeper as I dive for it!— Jane [improv]es, but very slowly; she is better for [going] out; but requires great persuasion before she will move. They will go and see your Miss Grierson;2 whose place is handy for us; two miles off—or not much more; and in the road to almost all our rendezvouses in town. I will write again when they have seen her, or as soon after as I can manage. This scrap is only a penny-worth, to put you off till then.

We have got a Pension of £20 for Burns's Sister, which is also to be continued to her Daughters! This was well done. The poor Widow had £10 a-year already, and so will now be beyond want. The Subscription is still to do what it can (this of the Pe[nsion to be] kept totally secret, mark that)[; without secre]cy it will do no great feats. Chambers, in all Scotland, seemed to have got, about a month ago, one guinea!— Adieu, dear Jean: I will write again soon.

Yours affectionate, /

T. Carlyle