October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 23 November 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451123-TC-JAC-01; CL 20: 60-61


Bay House, 23 Novr 1845—

Dear Brother,

I have got your two Notes and thank you for them, only wishing they had been longer. I have also had this little Note from Scotsbrig, and will enclose it to you.

And now there are two things which I want you to do, so far as you find them doable. First, to deliver that Note of Childs's, any day you are passing Bohn's shop,1 and to get the Book from him, and deposit it at our house at your leisure: that is the first. The second respects the Christie Transcript of the D'Ewes Mss2 which I promised to lend to the Mr Bruce3 who writes that Note marked No 2, and which I would now gladly send him, if it were attainable. That latter point you are to ascertain for me. The Transcript lies in two volumes or sewed masses in one of the Drawers of the little Cabinet or Chest-of-Drawers in the Closet of my bedroom. The Drawers there are all locked but one: if the Ms. lie in that one unlocked Drawer (it is the short Drawer, next the window I think, the second from the top), you will be able to attain it, and can then deal with it as directed in Note No 2:if it do not, we must consider it as unattainable. Pray go to Chelsea, look after this thing, and give me some response. And at all events keep, or leave in my writing-table drawer (in the Library) this Note of Bruce's, for it contains Bruce's address (not the Ballad, but the practical address of Bruce!)— Of whom enough at present.4

We have received the Annandale Meal down hither; the people here wanted oatmeal, and we have given them this. Baring had porridge made from it this morning!— — We are sleeping a little better; we are doing otherwise very well. Buller came last night;5 who is an accession, if we needed such Today is frosty and bright; the scene and the weather are in general very favourable for us. Enough at present: adieu Dear Brother.—

Ever yours /


Still no Examiner has come this morning: would you look after it.— Or indeed take charge of it yourself if you like.