January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 11 June 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590611-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 110-111


Chelsea, 11 june, 1859—

My dear Brother,

Many thanks for your prompt attention, and for the lucid account you have managed to send.1 This is a real help to me at present; and, in the dismal, importunate and thrice-hateful chaos from without (beside all the chaos from within) whh this busss of flitting has caused me, I had need enough of help!—To Jane it rather emphatically appears, and to me too in a less emphatic manner, that probably the Paterson Establisht in the village of Aberdour2 will be the eligible thing. Most clearly a better lodging (the other indeed questionably dingy and stuffy in this respect): the only things that give me pause, are 1o grass for my horse (I want him to go at unlimited grass, for health's sake, with 2 feeds of corn daily), and 2o the “unlimited command” (or quasi-unlimited, one's fancy thinks) of Farm-sustenance, milk, eggs, chickens! Probably yr Inkeeper3 (if respectable and his wife respectable) will be able to furnish us completely in both these respects;—and if so, I am as emphatic as Jane.

So or not so, I cannot stand this wild jumble of dubieties any more; but will and do instruct you to end it for us, by closing with the Paterson offer. on Wedy next4 (whether you go over in person again or not, whether you hear again from me or not), pray signify to Mrs Paterson that we take her apartts: first of july (or it may be last days of june) to Augt for certain; we “intend” (you can say) to stay 3 months, perhaps more if it suited; but do not, witht experimenting, make further engaget: if, while our term runs, any ulterior lodger applies, we shall feel bound to give Mrs Pn a definite Yes or No on her then asking us. That, I think, is the reasonable footing; and on that let the whirlblast steady itself, and collapse, in Heaven's name.

Wedy come a week (if the wind is to west, at least!) I think of starting, Horse & Charlotte and luggage with me, in the Edinr Steamer,5—Wedny 26th6 10 a. m., whh I think brings one to Leith7 Friday forenoon:—there I shd see you most hoffentlich [hopefully]! Friday Evg we could manage to reach with Hab’ und Gut’ [belongings] the Paterson hospice: Charlotte, who is a nimble orderly clever little creature, wd break bulk upon8 the “linen & plate,” clothe a tea-table a bed or even two;—and so we shd be installed! Jane wd leave, Thursday 27th,9 by Express Train; sleep at Morpeth,10 perhaps at Haddington11 (or two nights with her Aunts in Edinburgh);12—and there the achievement were!—

On those terms therefore, dear Brother!—— Yours ever T. Carlyle

We have furious thunder-plumps (grand long deluge yesterday with big hail in it; on the whole very great quantities of rain; and a hot müde [heavy] atmosphere,—very hot today. Grass is growing here (in this garden for instance) as I never saw it.—— Busy, busy (to small purpose!), sacking up my confused mss &c). T. C.

first of the hail yesterday, & these windows dour to open or shut!