The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 5 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520805-TC-JAC-01; CL 27: 204-205


Linlathen, Thursday 5 Augt 1852—

My dear Brother,

Thanks for your new Note; whh I received yesterday, and read with satisfaction. I have written to warn the Ferguses of my Advent, have had due response from Miss Jessy; and here it is settled that I am fairly to be off tomorrow (Friday, 6th,—I think by a train that leaves Broughty about 1 p.m.). I will stay with the Ferguses (according to bargain) all night: on Saturday morning I am ready for the Caledonian,—if I only understood what train wd be the best, or indeed the possible one! I have no Bradshaw here, nothing but the Fife railway Book; and from this I gather merely that the mail train leaves Edinr towards Ecclefn at 10:40 a.m. This will be too early for a comfortable start: but then what help is there? There used to be a train at 4 p.m. by which I once came comfortably enough: perhaps it will be better to depend on that?

On the whole, I will try to write to you tomorrow evg from Kirkcaldy, where there will be clearer tidings procurable: you may still get my Note in time, I think;—no, not in time for the mail train! Alas, and I find the railway table at the end of this Fife Book is perhaps not the Caledonian at all, but the Newcastle and London! What is to be done?

Let me settle to come by the first train that starts after noon: that will direct you with the gig. First train that leaves Edinr after 12, if you hear nothing more. And so adieu

Yours ever

T. Carlyle

Farie is here these two days; and we are all in a hurlyburly, going to Arbroath1 &c. Mrs Paterson & suite has come; very weakly she, but seemingly free of sickness. I heard from Jane this morning; she is well, but the house is a mere hurlyburly, and like to continue so