January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 28 July 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560728-TC-JCA-01; CL 31: 135


Gill, Monday 28 july 1856—

Dear Sister,

Here I am since yesterday about 1 p.m.—to Edinr after a furious thrice uncomfortable 12 hours; next day to Fife (whence I sent you a word); Friday night to Scotsbrig;—thence, after good resting, land here as above.

I have got, in confused pieces, a really good sleep; have been down at the shore, looking where the tide will be tomorrow (when I begin): I am certainly not worse but better since I left home; and perhaps shall really do myself some good, tho' very much tumbled about, and in a confused state up to this date.

Thanks for the Gig, in which I have been this day down at the shore;—tho' as I am to have a kind of galloper (really tolerable riding horse) and saddle from Jamie, I think I shall not much need it.— What day I am to see you? I will appoint nothing today. I think of Saturday if nothing sooner! But it will be as well to rest a little; and I must not neglect my tides.

The two Boys1 are well employed here; sauntering about the woods with their little cousin.2 Tom gave extraordinary tokens of interest and welcome on my arrival.3

Jack is off to Switzerland, Saturday morning last; probably in Paris today.

God bless you dear Jean, you and yours. I am right glad to have the chance of seeing you again. Yours ever

T. Carlyle