July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


JWC TO MARY RUSSELL ; 9 September 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580909-JWC-MR-01; CL 34: 174-175


Lann Thursday [9 September 1858]

Dearest Mary

I have looked forward for three days back, to getting a call on you accomplished this day, when the carriage should be going to the Station to bring back a visitor.1 And now it turns out no weather for anyone so good at catching cold as myself to go out in—especially as there would not be time to get myself warmed and changed on coming in— The MacTurks2 &c &c being appointed to Luncheon at 2 oclock—

But the same visitor has to be taken to the Station on Saturday— Thank Goodness!— So I calculate confidently on seeing you then—for even if the day is bad, as there is no ‘Lunch’ after, it won't signify so much. And I will tell you then, what day I will go to you to be “under your own roof”—when I expect that your present system of calling me “Mam” and all that sort of thing will terminate of a sudden and we shall find ourselves in the old sisterly relation to one another— You cant imagine how queer I feel it being so near you and not with you— Tho' Mrs Pringle does all that mortal can to supply length of kindness with warmth of kindness. I mean; to make up for being a new friend by being a good one—

I have promised her not to fix a day for going to you bodily—just now—and indeed until I hear again from Mr C and know his programme I cant scheme out my own. But my present notion is, I shall be with you the end of next week—if it suit you then—

We went to Craigennputtoch yesterday—Ach!—

Every day we go somewhere—or somebody comes

My love to your Husband who, my dear, understands me better than you do, begging your pardon!— He would never dream of calling me “Mam”—and growing ceremonious at this time of day

Affly yours

J W Carlyle