January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 13 June 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590613-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 111-113


Chelsea, Monday 13 june / 1859—

My dear Brother,

I have got your Letter; and no doubt you have, by this hour of the day, got mine.1 On reflecting farther, the “farm-produce question” (abt unlimited grass, milk, whey &c, a dietetic essentiality for horse and self) assumes additional importance; and I foresee you will have bother upon it in the Paterson case, and probably bother without complete success: we have also heard testimony just now, of an emphatic tenor (from poor Mrs George Welsh2 who has come in), abt the dreadfully “relaxing” nature of Aberdour Village: “a pit of a place, backed with heights and rocks; roasts you to nothing,” &c &c:—so that, on the whole, the final figure of the thing is this:

Give up Paterson's altogether; answer “No” there, as you pass on Wedny; and go on to Humby,3 and engage that: £1 per week; week beginning 2 days after that “second Wedy by Steamer” already described (whh I now count tobe “Friday evg 24th,” not being well provided with Almanacks!),—term from week to week;—and if we are well we shall be sorry when 6 Augt comes, but of course obliged to comply. Fix this bargain: “From evg of june 24th; that is the alone indispensable; the rest will be all capable of good arrangement with honest people such as you describe,—and if we can sleep (by their masking of cocks & cattle, in an obliging manner), there will be no other obstacle.— Jane will require a pony, cuddy or something to carry her about: but that doubtless can be managed well enough;—the grandson Boy4 will be very useful;g—it is probable also the people have some kind of gig (or clatch), whh our Horse (a willing loyal creature) will comfortably go in, if Jane take a notion that way: and on the whole, the people will understand that we are well disposed to pay for all such extras, and not leave in debt for any goodnatured service, done us.—— In fine you might ask whether there is any “Linen & Plate” required there, and if so “Approximately what?” Or you need not, if you happen to forget!— Poor Jane lost her sleep last night “thinking abt the packing of these things,”—poor excitable little soul; weaker than anybody I ever saw, with so much courage left!—

Finally you must make yourself ready to go across with me (if you handily can) that Friday evg when Charlotte & I arrive at Leith Pier (if we are so lucky): the grandson Boy may have some kind of cart at Burnt-Island for Charlotte & the luggage; you & I can ride time about on the Horse:5

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“Floating Railway across the Forth, between Granton and Burntisland”
Illustrated London News, 16 February 1850

Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland


Ohe jam satis est [Oh, enough]! Forgive me, dear Brother; I shall grow stronger-minded again, had I a dip or two in the sea. But you discern what I mean & what to do.—— Hy Watt was here last night taking leave: off to Portsmth today; thro' again tomorrow to Bristol;6 & then wait. Looks hardy, well & reasonable.— Your affecte & troublesome T. C.

Jane had “written to Maggy”7 (Saturday) to “give up Humby”;—that of course (if that be already done) you revoke, and declare non-avenu [null and void].8