The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 15 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520815-TC-JCA-01; CL 27: 227-228


Scotsbrig, 15 Augt, 1852—

Dear Jean,

I am here at Scotsbrig for a week past,—rather in a poorish condition as to sleep &c;—but I propose being up with you tomorrow (Monday) by way of Gill, and one of the afternoon trains, if my projects prosper. My Mother is to go with me to Gill; there I will leave her and the gig; and come on, most probably by the 5 o'clock train (arrives about 6, I find); and must return, as far as I can at present calculate, on the morrow after.

Jack was at Moffat since the Lamb Fair day; returned yesternight; and had a little letter, seemingly from you. He is for Fife, it appears, in the course of this week. Our poor old Mother is up and down as usual; not worse than you have commonly seen her, but very weak and worn: ah me!— At Chelsea all is puddle and uproar; no quiet lodging there for perhaps a couple of months to come. Jane is far from wanting me there; very gleg, happy rather, and very useful surely, but is the farthest in the world from wanting me, and my growlings!— I think seriously I must go to Germany, and that forthwith.

Young John, bound for Whinnyrig and his Mother & Father, is waiting till I end.

Ever yours /

T. Carlyle