July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


JWC TO TC ; 26 September 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580926-JWC-TC-01; CL 34: 203


Thornhill—Sunday [26 September 1858]

Oh my Dear! This is only to say, that if you sent me any word yesterday I havn't got it! and that, barring accidents, I shall be home on Wednesday night.

I hope the key reached you, and that your fatigues are wearing off. and that Charlotte proves up to the occasion.

I leave here tomorrow morning, to spend the day with Jane1 at Dumfries, and proceed to The Gill by the six o'clock train. The Post will be delivered before I start, so if any letter came for this morning (when the inconvenient piety of the Country does not countenance the receiving and reading of letters),2 it will still overtake me.

This note I will post at Dumfries—so you will know me so far on my road home.

Oh My! If I were but at the end of it! asleep in my own bed.

I expect Jamie3 to come and see me at the Gill on Tuesday— On Wednesday night it is, that I mean to be home—

Please order a fire in my bed room on Wednesday morning, and the bed and blankets to be laid before it. I must not catch cold the first night—if possible.

Moreover you are not to come to meet me. I shall write a word to Mr Larkin to meet me. You are best not to go near a railway station again for a long time—not till the rushing is quite forgotten out of your head, and the horror of it out of your heart. Oh dear if this journey were over

Yours ever

Jane Welsh Carlyle