January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JANE WELSH CARLYLE ; 4 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560904-TC-JWC-01; CL 31: 214-215


The Gill, 4 Septr, 1856

My poor little sick wean,—it is so I think of you in these horrible confusions; for I have had such a morning as there are few,—just in the agonies of packing; and my Bradshaw calculations1 have all on the sudden (this morning, when the Book really came) gone miserably topsy-turvy: like to drive me half-mad, studying the mysteries of it!

Linlathen after all turns out to be the road; and I leave Ecclefechan on Saturday; am at Edinr 11½ a.m. that day;—and within hail of Auchtertool and you! Of course I cannot and will not pass witht a desperate plunge to get sight of you;—if Walter's House were emptier, the plan wd be to stay there till Monday; thence to Erskine's till Tuesday morning (10 or 11) when a long day of railwaying and coaching brings me to Inverness & a Coach next morning to my journey's end.—But that, I am well aware, will not do in the present state of the Manse.

I propose therefore to stop at Burntisland (no, let us say Kirkcaldy, as the suitablest,—best road I think from Auchtertool);2 to be at Kirkcaldy, I say, at 2 p.m. that afternoon; if there were a dog cart ready there to take me to Auchtl and back abt 7 p.m. (for the last train Dundeewards) I could see some hours of you, and still get on to Linlathen that evening. Or if you are well enough to come down to Kirkcaldy (Saturday 2 p.m.), it wd save a journey and be best of all.— — Do what utmost you can! That is the best I can devise.

I have written to Erskine in that sense: he is to have a Note for me “Post Office Edinr” (for Saty 11½ a.m.): if it is possible, do you the like, best Goody, and it wd be a great encouragement to me.

Blessings on you always

T. C.