July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JWC ; 15 August 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580815-TC-JWC-01; CL 34: 128-129


The Gill, 15 Augt (Sunday Morng) / 1858—

Dearest, I snatch a momentary opportunity to say that our sailing orders are, since yesterday, altered a little; that we do not go from Newcastle on Tuesday, but are to wait five days longer and go from “Leith on Saturday 21st at 7 p.m.” A shriek of weak but intelligible horror came, yesterday, from Foxton at the sudden date assigned him; “wd do it if within possibility,” &c but passionate entreating for Leith. Seldom in my life had I a more contemptible forenoon; than debating this utterly obscure and small matter; deciding it, reversing the decision, then re-reversing: finally I settled as you see.— Happily I had read my dear little Goody's Letter the first: that was pretty much all the comfort I had in my despicable burble of a day.— A chance of somebody “going to the preaching at Annan” will get this Scrap into a Post box there, if taken in time: therefore I write to bring you back from the false notion I had put you on.

After all, there will be two benefits in this new course of “Leith 21st”: I shall get my little Prussian Major1 warned more deliberately of my advent to those fields of war,—give him a better chance to help me (by Officers in the neighbourhood &c);—and secondly I shall hear again, and also again, from my own little Goody, and in a more deliberate manner. Thank Heaven.

That tooth; that miserable filing operation, and the distracting sleepless night:—Oh take care!

I have not another moment: paper enough. God bless thee

T. C.