January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


JWC TO MARY RUSSELL ; 19 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560919-JWC-MR-01; CL 31: 231-232


Scotsbrig—Ecclefechan / Friday 20th [19] Sept. [1856]

Thanks, dearest Mrs Russell! I will be with you on Monday next, God willing—by the Train that passes Thornhill 20 minutes after five p.m.— James Carlyle will drive me to Annan to meet it at four—

You must not think me fallen into second childhood if I come accompanied by two— Canaries!—It is not from any abstract love of that bird I carry them about with me—but to take back to London with me something living from dear old Haddington! Where these blessed little canaries of mine were born—or (more properly speaking) hatched— Indeed they first saw the light in our own old House! Perhaps I may leave them till my return from Thornhill in charge to my little niece-in-law.1 But that will depend on the estimate I form in the meanwhile of her punctuality and Humanity to Animals. I had a horrid rough passage last Monday from Fife—was as sick as any number of dogs—and horses to boot!—in my own peculiar unexplosive fashion, and arrived at Craigen Villa trembling from head to (!!) foot like a sensitive horse that had been in a railway box!— But I am all right now—that is to say rather less wrong than when I left Auchtertool

Oh my dear Mrs Russell I wish I were there and asleep.

Yours affectionately

Jane W Carlyle

I shall dine here before starting—so that you need not keep any dinner for me if your hour is earlier than that of my coming—I will be in good time for tea