January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 5 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560905-JWC-TC-01; CL 31: 217


Kircaldy—Friday [5 September 1856]

Oh MY! There's a kid! Well I never! — I had appointed with Miss Jessie to be sent for today—and was all ready to start on this visit—when behold your letter!—But for the appointment made, and “the carriage” under way, and my portmanteau in “the Hall”—I should have awaited you at Auchtertool—the party there being considerably subsided—and Miss Jessie's dispositions “to be strongly doubted.”—That however was not to be thought of now. So here I am just arrived—and unpacked in what Miss Jessie calls “a sweet little room”—the littleness I perceive plainly—but not the sweetnessI call it a very shabby little room but no matter—I am not going to stay long.1 I told her plump how it was—ignoring her frigid silence on your subject—and she behaved very well—said at once “well we will go to the railway and fetch him here”—So you may descend from your carrossa2 in all confidence that we will be near hand. You can either go on the same evening or stay till Monday as you like—once here you are sure of a welcome—and you and I might go out to Auchtertool on Sunday— Settle it as is most agreeable to yourself as you come “accross”

My cold is still hanging about me, and making me wretched—this move was a desperate attempt at carrying it off by “change of air.”

Yours /