The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 4 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520804-TC-JCA-01; CL 27: 203


Linlathen, Dundee, 4 Augt 1852

Dear Jean,—I ought, in spite of my indolence and and1 other obstructions, to send you a single word by way of news; the rather as you know that I am here, and do not know how I get on, and what I am next bound for.— I had the beautifullest steam-voyage in the finest weather: nevertheless it seems to tumble me all to topsy-turvy, and I was in a truly bilious and altogether revolutionary condition for the first week. However, I have now got out of that; and feel really very kindly toward my rural solitude here, and doubt not I am really improved by it. Nothing can be more hospitable good and pious than the excellt people here; they leave me every day in strict silence till towards 3 p.m. (under the name of “studying,” tho' I don't study much); then I bathe almost daily in the clear sea water;—and have in short a more than usually fair chance to be content and make improvement.

Jane continues at or about Chelsea, superintending her workers; on Monday last (day before yesterday) she was to return from a little excursion into Dorsetshire (a good way south-west of London): I did not hear of her this morning, but hope I shall tomorrow.—Jack's letter of this morning I inclose; which will shew you a little whereabouts we are.

I could be well content to stay many months or all the year round in such quiet quarters: however, my time is now fairly run; and conscience admonishes my indolence that we ought to keep time! “Friday or so” is the day I have vaguely stated for turning Southward,—not long after which, it may be hoped, you will hear of me or see me. With kind remembrances to James,—

Your affecte Brother /

T. Carlyle