1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE; 30 April 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550430-TC-JAC-01; CL 29: 298-299


Chelsea, 30 April, 1855—

My dear Brother,

The inclosed Note was brought down to me this morning, directly after yours to myself had arrived. I sent word up, to your landlady, that probably you wd be at your post this week again.

I am very glad indeed you have got so well out of your unpleasant business; and safe at good old Scotsbrig, advancing on your way hither. It seems to me I should like very well to drive across with Jamie and you to Gill tomorrow, thro' the Spring Morning! But I have got posted at some distance from that; and must be content to walk sentry here where I am, at far less pleasant employment.

The weather is ruinously cold here still; no heat at all except in the Sun.— We hear, last night, they have raised the Siege of Sebastopol;1—retired into the rear (as I have always been talking) to try to do it in that way of cutting off supplies. “À la bonne heure [well and good]!”—

I wish before leaving Annandale you wd try to settle one small thing for me. I send Grahame of Burnswark an Edinburgh Guardian Newspaper; which he sends on to Mary.2 Mary, about 3 months ago, had her choice to have The Guardian first on condition of sending it to Grahame, or second witht any condition:—Grahame, I think chiefly wanted it for sending away to the other W. Grahame in Canada;3 but he complied, or I squeezed him into compliance, Mary's choice being the second.— Well, Mary now would rather have it first;—and this wd of course be altogether easy, if I were not ashamed to put poor Grahame out of his way again: “We are the creatures of habit, Sir,” he wrote to me last time!— Pray settle this for me; as you are like to see Grahame, it will be easy to feel his pulse in that small respect: perhaps the change would really still be gratifying to him,—the trouble of forwarding the Newspaper may be a burden? I send my kindest brotherly regards to all the members of the rendezvous at Gill tomorrow: good be with you all!— Your affectionate Brother

T. Carlyle 4