April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 6 August 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490806-TC-JAC-01; CL 24: 179-180


Londonderry, 6 Augt, 1849—

My dear Brother,—I think I shall perhaps be home before this Letter, for we are just (Forster and I) about taking Steam for Glasgow; but in case I otherwise decide when light is communicated to me there, I will put this into the Glasgow Post-Office, and let it intimate to you that I am gone to Jane at Auchtertoul, and shall not be with you yet for a day or two. That is all; our Irish Tour is ending, is as good as ended; and we are off for home, Northeastward ho!—happily still all well, and everything going and having gone what we may call well.

We got here on Saturday Evg, escorted by Lord George Hill, and every kind of graceful hospitality, and interesting relationship such as strangers can form with fellow men; we have rested here over Sunday, been out to breakfast this morning; and are now packing for the beautiful Steamer, which sails at noon on the brightest of days.1 If you are still well at Scotsbrig, all is well.

Your Letter lay waiting for me here; which was a great comfort. Love to my Mother, and to all the kind souls whom I hope to see again soon! Adieu dear Brother; wish us Bon voyage, and so we go.

Yours ever affectionate

T. Carlyle

Glasgow, 7 Augt (Tuesday).— All safe here at David's (Hope's)2 to stay with him this night. Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. (58 min. past 2) I consider it very likely I shall arrive at Ecclefn—better perhaps to come with the Gig there at that time. I still regret to pass Jane, but do not yet see any definite route towards her: at all events come with the Gig; either F. or I or both (he towards Carlisle) will be there. Yours ever

T. Carlyle