August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 21 September 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420921-TC-JCA-01; CL 15: 99-100


[ca. 21 September 1842]

Dear Jean,—Perhaps this little Letter from our dear good Mother may be ‘worth sending’ to you.

I have heard no news from Dumfries for a great while, tho' I think I wrote to you some time ago.

We have been in Suffolk, rusticating with the Buller's: Jane was there some five weeks in all; I, who went to fetch her home, was constrained by hospitality and bright weather about a fortnight. In the middle of that period I made a three days excursion into Oliver Cromwell's birthland, and saw several things; of which I wrote to my Mother a long Letter from Cambridge;—perhaps they have sent it over to you? We are now safe home again: and I am beginning to try some attempts at working,—poor wretch that I am! This makes me the briefer today. Jane is growing better; the Liverpool Jeannie is still here. Our town is infinitely quieter at present; little stirring in this end of it but Painters, all painting “like lions” (as Jamie of Scotsbrig says) while the people are out in the country!

Jack is in North Wales; expects to see you all soon.

You need not wait for him with the Portrait:1 on consideration I perceive that he can do nothing towards forwarding it. So soon as the frame is well completed, let it be effectually packed, and set off. Perhaps Jenny's shirts &c might assist in packing or securing it? I am somewhat inexperienced in these things.

No more at present, my dear Jean. I hope to learn soon that you too are all well. Let us be thankful that so much good is given us all with blessings

The Duke has at length actually paid me my money; many thanks to him—and also good-b'ye to him!

T. C.