April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 16 April 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440416-TC-MAC-01; CL 18: 14-15


Chelsea, Tuesday, 16 April / 1844—

My dear Mother,

This is to be no Letter, this is a mere word of something new. Jack today got a Letter from Alick; it is gone to Jean who is to send it on, without loss of a post, to Scotsbrig; we thought this might be the shortest way;—you will probably receive the Letter along with this (if you do not call every day); at all events it will come the day after this. Alick is very well; busy packing his things again; just about to start for Canada and brother John, which I think will satisfy us all fully better. The Clows were going away West, and part of them gone.1

Our Scotsbrig ware is actually grand; we have gone thro' the fresh butter, eaten the fowls long ago; fastened on the hams, which really are of excellent quality! I wish all meritorious persons had the like.——— Jean says she sends you a hen or two out of Dumfries; I must really charge Jenny and her with that service. Jenny I conclude is now with you; which I am glad of. Tell her the shirts fit capitally, except a fresh button on the collar (which certain of them need, the new-fashioned kind, which are rounded off on the wristbands) none of them wants anything. I will write to herself some day. I am in everybody's debt for Letters.———

My other writing is a little livelier now. Jane is tolerably well; and the weather is beautiful, soft as silk. My dear Mother, what kind of a Letter is this! Commend me affectionately to Jenny to Isabella and all of them. Ever your son