April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE; 8 August 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490808-JWC-TC-01; CL 24: 182-183


Miss Fergus's1 drawingroom Wednesday [8 August 1849]

My Dear—I got your note on my way to Kircaldy this morning—I am come in, to do some shopping—and when I get back the post bag will be gone—no chance for letters getting off after three— I write this scratch with the horridest of steel pens merely to salute you on your arrival at Scotsbrig— It was better Foster2 and you did not come to Auchtertoul even if there had been a tunnel under the Forth— My Uncle is there and Maggie—and the only morsel of a bed left is about to be taken possession of by Johnnie3—in fact you could not get on at Auchtertoul— Even I cannot hold out much longer in such a houseful—and I have just settled with Miss Fergus to come here the end of next week, where you also are expected—with ardour—

I have no conception what you know of me—whether you have got any letter I have written for the last fortnight—

When you have time you will tell me— At all rates John4 can give you my latest “details”—take care you dont get “entangled” in them—

No more, for John and Jessie Fergus are sitting staring at me—and writing is impossible in such awful circumstances

Yours aff

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