The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 25 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520825-TC-JCA-01; CL 27: 248


Scotsbrig, 25 Augt, 1852

Dear Sister Jean,—There has a Courier come today with two strokes on it; which is something; but we had hoped to have a small articulate word to assure us of your safe arrival,—the rather as you had not a good afternoon at all, and as, moreover, we incidentally heard you had a bit of an accident at Warmanby Gate, the slipping of a girth, if nothing worse. My Mother (who knows nothing of that accident), even she is murmuring that she did not bargain with you for a little word so soon as you arrived. Pray write to us, as briefly as you like, but without delay: one word will do.

I am to go to Germany; there is no help! From Jane I have yet heard nothing farther than you know: but today there has come a highly encouraging Note,—in answer to the one I wrote to him1 from your House;—and by this post I must positively intimate that I set out on Saturday morning. Jane, I have no doubt, will approve; for she does not want me there, with things all in such a tumult Neuberg will meet me perhaps about Wednesday or Tuesday next (I hope) somewhere in the Rhine Country; and we will take it very easy, you may be sure enough: and, in three or four weeks, if all go well, I shall expect to be in my own cell at Chelsea again after all these hubblings.

Dear Jean, I am greatly obliged to you for your four days here; more sensible talk & more honest human affection was manifest in these than in any 4 days I have had this long while. Thanks to you, dear Sister; and long may you prosper as a solid natural Wife in a time when such are so rare. And think muckle of your man too (for he is a good one), and respect his dainty Bathroom,—and give my affectionate regards to him.— With Tait,2 with Garthwaite & 2 Letters still to write, I never was in such a hurry! Adieu

T. Carlyle