April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 17 June 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440617-TC-JCA-01; CL 18: 71-72


Chelsea, 17 june, 1844—

Dear Jean,

Here is a Letter just come from Alick, which I am to forward to you. It had gone up to Darlington where Jack now is; he has sent it back to me with instructions to send it in all haste to Dumfries, as a bit of good news;—you, in the next to despatch it to Scotsbrig without loss of a moment!

There had another Letter come to myself, which is now at Scotsbrig since yesterday; it was of some ten days earlier date; and announced poor Alick as still in a seeking state, two of his children ill of ague, and otherwise things rather uncomfortable with him: all which, as you will see by this present Letter, is now happily altered.

I am very glad to figure poor Alick as settled in his own house at last, and fairly beginning the world again. It seems to me farther to argue well for him that he has bought a neat little handy Farm with his money,1 rather than a big unhandy and unmanageable one: his fault, in all things hitherto, lay on the side opposite to that. Let us hope that better days are now coming for him.

Jack went off about a fortnight ago: to see George Johnstone the Surgeon, in Gloucestershire; that was his first movement He has gone since to visit the Roman Friend near Darlington, of whom, I think, we heard last year: he is to be “taken up by Jamie and the Gig at the Galls Loaning,”2 on Wednesday Evg first, so that you will soon see him and hear his news! Our good Mother, it seems, was over at Gill; but this, and Alick's other Letter, will bring her home, I guess. Pray let not the second Letter linger; you know how glad she will be of it.—

I am at a Chapter today, and taking a kind of half holiday! I am getting on a thought better, tho' bilious enough. Jane salutes you all, as I do. Ever your affectionate / T. Carlyle