The Collected Letters, Volume 28


JWC TO MARY RUSSELL ; 10 July 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530710-JWC-MR-01; CL 28: 196


Moffat House / Moffat / Sunday [10 July 1853]

My dear Mrs Russell

Just look at the date of this note!— I am actually so near you! Ever since I came here, on Tuesday last, I have been wishing to write to you, but unable to make up my mind what to say. I would like much to see you. would like to see Thornhill and Crawford but oh dear Mrs Russell it needs so much courage to go to these places1 & I have so little courage nowadays!— I cannot yet decide to go; and at the same time I know that if I don't, I shall blame myself when I am back in England as I did formerly.

At all events write me a few lines to say if you be at home—and if you could receive me for a day, if I went—or if you would come and meet me at Dumfries if I found it impossible to go further—

I stay here till Thursday next when I go to Scotsbrig—and I shall be at Scotsbrig till Monday After that I am all at sea—not sure whether to go on to Haddington or go right back to London where Mr C is very melancholy left by himself—write by return of post addressing to Mrs Thomas Carlyle (my new Sister in law calls herself Mrs Carlyle) Moffat House Moffat or if it is more convenient not to write till Wednesday, write to me at Scotsbrig Ecclefechan— Tell old Mary that if she get no remembrance of me on my birthday,2 I will be bringing it myself or sending it soon after— Oh dear Mrs Russell I wish somebody would lift me up by force and let me down in your room—

God bless you / Yours affectionately

Jane Carlyle