August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE; 4 September 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460904-TC-MAC-01; CL 21:41.


Ayr, Friday Night 6½ o'clock [4 September 1846]

My dear Mother,

I am here safe; a good enough journey thro' very pleasant country: I have stept into Bookseller's Shop to signify so much to you! Ayr is full of Horse races, drunkenness and confusion; I could not get any writing at the Inn.— I am to be at Ardrossan on board the Steamer as soon after 8 o'clock as I like: the evening is mild and calm as ever evening was: so we have the fairest prospect of a good voyage to Belfast, and may hope to be there well tomorrow morning. That, dear Mother, is all my news hitherto!—

On the second day after you get this, you may partly expect another;— but if it should even be the third day, do not distress yourself—for indeed I am ignorant of the times and posts. I will write so soon as ever I can.

John I trust got well home, and soon. A thousand regards to him and every one. Adieu, my dear Mother: I am ever as of old

Your affectionate son

T. Carlyle