July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 21 August 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580821-TC-JAC-01; CL 34: 153


Edinr Queen's Hôtel / [21 Augt (4½ p.m.) 1858]

Dear Brother,—I got your Letter & accompaniment1 today at Middlebie,—Thanks for your care. I had a tolerable run to Edinr (empty till beyond the “Summit”);2 I found Foxton duly waiting,—and that the Steamer was not to sail till 10 this evg. A baddish (small &c) look about the Steamer, he says: so we are to be 3 nights upon the sea, according even to program. No remedy;—quiet, and endure.

We have just had dinner; Foxton very talkative, but disposed to be very helpful;—and evidently much better than nothing at all.

Enough, dear Brother: I must bid you adieu, being in no case to write here in the Coffee room of the Queen's.

An excellt harvest day this; dry, sunny, brisk, rather windy: all busy at Scotsbrig with reaping tools today,—people carrying their stuff near Edinr. Jamie drove me to the station. I am wae and desolate. Adieu.

T. Carlyle