January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 9 August 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560809-JWC-TC-01; CL 31: 165


Sunny Bank / Saturday [9 August 1856]

Is n't it vexatious? it has rained almost incessantly ever since I left Auchtertool. I can't get out to look about me and see the people—only for half an hour last evening there was a drizzling fairness, in which I walked along the Dunbar road some half mile, accompanied by Miss Eliza,1 tho' I would rather not—

I slept a little better last night—but how queer it was to hear that ‘Town Clock’ striking!— Its voice was so familiar, and yet so ghostly— But there is no use for describing my present feelings all the more that they cant be described—

I take “good long CRIES” in my own room, and that is the best relief, and the least troublesome to “others”

What I am writing about today is the dressing gown, both your packets came together this morning I think the checked grey duffle very pretty—it would be better thicker cloth perhaps. I shall look at what they have in Edinr— In case I find any I think more suitable, I should need to know the quantity—and you could tell me at the same time how to send the parcel—

I think I shall return to my aunts on Tuesday or Wednesday— I cannot get staid much longer as Jeannie2 is coming ove[r] to Auchtertool to see me the end of the week So have a letter for me at Craigen Villa Morningside on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning—

“a man” is waiting for my letter to take it to the post

Yours ever /

Jane W C—