The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JAMES AITKEN; 11 April 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510411-TC-JA-01; CL 26: 57


Chelsea, 11 April, 1851—

Dear James,

Yesterday there was sent off, by railway, to your address, a small Box, containing a Plaster cast of a Medallion,1 which you will discover (I hope) to be meant to represent a certain friend of yours. The Box is franked; it should arrive about the same time as this letter.— The Medallion is designed for my Mother (if she care about it); but there will be certain modifications to introduce,—I mean some kind of frame with a bit of glass, for preserving the thing when it is hung up:—these will need to be done at Dumfries before it go to my Mother; and these I am now writing (in furious haste!) to commit to your charge. I did not open the Box myself at all; nor do I know what state the Medallion is in, nor what ought to be done for fitting it to hang safely on a wall: but do you look to it, get what is proper done, send the Package on to Scotsbrig, and then the account of expense to me;—and all will be right, and I will thank you very much. Some paint the Medallion with more lintseed2 oil, and so think it safe: but I rather believe a ring frame of plain wood or the like, with a lid of glass will be the real thing.

Jean's things, bought for me long ago, have just come from Scotsbrig: all right and welcome. I am on an appointt to go and see certain “National Schools” with an official person;3 and my last minute is come! Adieu: I will write soon again.

Yours ever truly, /

T. Carlyle