January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


JWC TO LADY ASHBURTON ; 25 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560925-JWC-LA-01; CL 31: 240-241


Thornhill / Thursday [25 September 1856]

Thanks dear Lady Ashburton

I write two lines in great haste and excitement to beg you to make Mr C go back to London with you, and not let him do anything so absurd as come eighty miles out of the way to pick up me, who can get myself home fully better without him than with him. He has nothing further to do in Dumfriesshire on his own account, and you perceive yourself what need he has of being “done for”—So do, please, say anything that will make him go home as he came, under your protection, and in as much ease as the circumstances of human travelling permit. You might say, for example that I am going home by myself on Monday or Tuesday, which would at once cut away all shadow of reason for his separating himself from your party. I am getting rather tired of tumbling myself from place to place; especially since I caught a cold in “hearing” a popular preacher—and Nero I am told is cultivating an undemonstrative but profound grief at my long absence—so I shall be well enough pleased to find myself again at Chelsea—

I hope I may see you before you start for Nice—

I think Mr C writes in good spirits and as if he had got good of his Highland expedition

If you send me word to go on Tuesday or Wednesday as the only means to make Mr C go straight from Edinr I will go—I am quite ready—

Yours very truly

Jane W Carlyle