The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 28 September 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500928-TC-MAC-01; CL 25: 238-239


Greta Bank, Keswick / 29 [28] Septr, 1850—

My dear Mother,

I know not whether you will get this till Monday, or any sooner at all for my writing it today; but I have a few minutes still (tho' our post goes so early), and it will [be]1 a comfort to my own feelings to send you a word. Tomorrow I hope confidently to hear from John about the Dumfries enterprize and you; tomorrow also I expect my first news from Jane: in both directions I calculate to write speedily again.— We were very wae about you that blustery showery day, especially as you were hurried and flurried at getting off: but little John2 told us you were in excellt time for the train, and that “Grandmother didna look tired or ill,”—perhaps he was no great observer! However, I hope to hear tomorrow that you arrived safe, and got a good report from the Dentist: I shall be very anxious to hear daily till that good operation.— — Alas, alas! Here just at this moment is Jacks Letter handed in to me: and it appears there is no good chance for new teeth; which is very sad news to me! Well, well, dear Mother, we must be content. I suppose it was a quite wise decision not to afflict you with these hinge-teeth:3 but if there were any chance of your getting good by them, the expence &c, and all that can be done by us to it, shall simply be nothing at all. I don't know whether it is worth assuring John practically of this, with an eye to still farther practical consideration of the matter: but if it be, let him know it for a clear fact such as it is,—alas, all the little that I can do towards helping you at present.

I am so hurried today,—but I will write to Scotsbrig before leaving this, whh is likely to be soon. For there is strong speculation of our going over to a place called Coniston where the Marshalls are (of whom Jack can tell you), who seem anxious enough to have me;—tho' nothing can be settled to about it till after tonight, when James Spedding &c with messages is expected. I will duly write.

Do not disturb yourself about my journey &c, dear Mother; I am very well here, have an excellent bedroom &c &c: my journey too was quite successful; excellt sunny weather all the way to Penrith; then a Coach ready witht waiting, and not a wet afternoon but a windy showery one, thro' beautiful country, and with liberty to smoke! I buttoned myself together, and did rarely;—saw a waterfall even (walking about a mile of short-cut); a far showier thing than the “Spout of Mein!”4

Tell the Doctor I will spier about his Dr Leitch5 and his whereabouts, and see what is to be done. Thank him much for the letter, and ask for more. My best regards to Sister Jean and household (are you staying there?)—item to Jenny and her bairns. Adieu, dear Mother, I will very soon write again.

Ever your affectionate /

T. Carlyle