TC TO THOMAS ERSKINE ; 21 July 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520721-TC-TE-01; CL 27: 173
TC TO THOMAS ERSKINE
Chelsea, Wednesday / 21 july 
Dear Mr Erskine,—I am off by Kidd,1 after all, this day, in 2 hours time,—in the most horrible bustle and universal hurly-burly (feeling it an act of “courage” to go now rather than later);—and so, unless something adverse befal, I expect to salute you at Linlathen, or perhaps on the Dundee Pier (in dreadfully disconsolate circumstances, I) on the evening the second day hence!— If I miss in the River here, and have to turn home again, you shall have that bad news tomorrow.
And so fair befal us2 every one!
Yours ever truly /