January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JANET CARLYLE HANNING ; 21 July 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420721-TC-JCHA-01; CL 14: 232-233


Chelsea, 21 july, 1842—

My dear Jenny,

I am glad to hear of your well-being, and that you have got done with the Shirts, which is a sign of your industry. They will be well off your hands; and, I have no doubt, will be found very suitable when they arrive here. In the meanwhile I do not want them sent off yet, till there are some more things to go with them: I am in no want of them yet, and shall not I think be so till it will be about time for the meal to be sent from Scotsbrig. At all events you may look to that (for the present) as the way of sending them; and therefore keep them beside you till some chance of delivering them safe to my Mother, or another Scotsbrig party, turn up. There is no haste about them; the meal cannot be ready, I suppose, till the end of September, if then.

In the meanwhile I want you to make me some flannel things too,—three flannel shirts especially. You can get the flannel from Alick, if he have any that he can well recommend; you can readily have them made before the other shirts go off.— I have taken the measure today, and now send you the dimensions, together with a measuring strap which I bought some weeks ago (at one penny) for the purpose! You are to be careful to scour the flannel first; after which process the dimensions are these:

width (when the shirt is laid on its back) 22½ inches

extent from wrist-button to wrist-button 61 inches*

length (in the back) 35 inches

length in the front 25½ inches.

Do you understand all that? I daresay you will make it out; and this measuring-band will enable you to be exact enough;—only you must observe that at the beginning of it——— Hoity toity! I find that it is I myself that have made a mistake there, and that you have only to measure fair with the line; and all will be right! The dimensions as above 22½, 61, 35, 25½.

If you could make me two pairs of flannel drawers, I should like very well too; but that I am afraid will be too hard for you.

This is all the express work I have for you at present; neither is there any news of much moment that I could send you. Jane continues still weak, but seems to gather strength too. I keep very quiet, am very busy and stand the summer fully better than is usual with me here. John still continues in Town, and does not speak of going yet: we meet every Sunday here at dinner

Our good Mother—you perhaps know, has got over to Jean for some sea-bathing, about Arbigland I think. We hope they are all well about Gill, and that a good crop is on its feet for them: give our kind regards and continual goodwishes both to Mary and Jamie, and accept them for yourself.— Next time you write you had better tell me how your money stands out: and if at any time, my dear little Sister, I can help you in anything, be sure do not neglect to write then. Our love and best wishes to you, dear Jenny.

Your affectionate Brother /

T. Carlyle

*So that each sleeve is 19¼ inches long