TC TO LORD ASHBURTON ; 6 August 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580806-TC-LOA-01; CL 34: 102-103
TC TO LORD ASHBURTON
The Gill, 6 Augt, 1858—
Dear Lord Ashburton,
The way to hit me here is, To take the morning mail train for Carlisle; 9.15 a.m. from Euston Square: by Crewe, Lancaster &c,3 you get to Carlisle about 7 p.m; it is said to be the agreeablest train of the day or night: no later train will do for you at all. If intending direct for Glasgow, one sits still, at this Carlisle Station; one is pushed along again, in 5 or 10 minutes, by the same Carriages (I think), called now of “the Caledonian Line.” But you, who intend by Ayrshire, you step out; get a new Ticket, for Dumfries (“Glasgow and South-Western,” they call the line, but you need not recollect it, only recollect “Dumfries”): 3 or 4 minutes after the Caledonian is gone, you also start (7.10 p.m.); for some miles by the same train of rails; but at Crossing of Sark or near it, you branch off to the right;4 go thro' Annan, a brisk little Town, getting fast ruined by these vehicles of yours5 (glance back at the place, for the sake of many sore young school days I passed there);6—and at 8.30 you are in Dumfries, where the train stops for that night. It is usually a nice quiet little thing, often a carriage all to yourself; & goes charmingly. At Dumfries I hope to be in waiting.
There are good enough inns in the place; and I can prophecy you a few hours beforehand at the one I hear to be the comfortablest. Prince Charlie's (“Commercial Inn”)7 where he lodged in 1745 with the Duke of Cumberland pursuing8 is still, to my own knowledge, or used to be, a tolerable place;—but we are not tied to Antiquarian Considerations. King's Arms9 is the chief Inn best or not.
We might have a pleasant drive along the Hill sides (especially if the weather were fair) next day,—and about, till 4½ p.m.; at which time you must go for Glasgow;—and may have the house warmed there for Miss Baring and Rous,10 if they go by the mail train of Tuesday morning. I think that would do very well. If you like it, write one word, any time before 5 p.m. of Saturday (tomorrow when you get this): it will reach me here on Monday morning; and send me off at a nice pace to Dumfries.
Miss Baring has been very good to my Wife, who writes to me already a much improved creature by these 4 days at Bay House.
Yours ever truly /