January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JWC ; 25 June 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590625-TC-JWC-01; CL 35: 122-123


Humbie, Saturday (2 p.m.) 25 june, 1859—

I got your Note about an hour and half ago, no sooner; judge how welcome a relief it was! Poor little soul, and all that lay in you was faithfully accomplished. I can well believe you are among the most wearied of the children of Adam: it is a comfort to me to think you are where, of all places in the Earth, you have the best chance to be rested and soothed.1 Do not hurry as to Monday; stay if you are gathering strength to the whole of as it will be thrift that you arrive at your strongest, for the new change; and we are anxious to have the adjustments completed agt your coming. Charlotte and I are doing perfectly well; and we hope to give you a nice welcome, Monday or later. Appoint me the hour and place in Edinr: it will be a pleasure and profit to come and pick you up. Your Aunts being all in the mortar tub,2 I know not where to appoint, if it be not John's Lodging (67. Hanover Street), whom I will apprise of such a possibility (he is here again just now, and his Boy,3 poor good flaffing soul);—if you know a better place, name it, and I will be there. As above said, Monday is not of necessity at all; nay I had really rather not, if you feel resting, and are in the brashed state you could not but arrive in. Courage Dearest; we shall get thro’ these preliminaries, and then in this fine weather, with these fresh seas, breezes, fields and shady woods, we shall both of us get a great deal of good.

The place fully maintains its first promise; excellent in all respects,—except one, that of “the master's sleep.” I was in two beds last night; began in my own, but ended (much more happily) in yours. Yours the front room, I am happy to say, is a capital place; pretty much the Auchtertool bedrooms4 in essentials, only still quieter; there I got four good hours and more to close the night with, after a cock at 2 a.m had ended me in the rearward lodging! That too is a very nice little room of its small kind; and all things are clean, fresh and honestly human there and everywhere; but I have clearly perceived that the noise, on that side, will be irremediable; so I have fallen on another plan (to be executed, we hope, by the time you arrive); and thereby I shall have a fair chance for night's rest (noise as good as none); and the present “back bedroom,” its bed taken away, will serve me as an excellt study, dressing-room, and sitting room; and all will be as nice as possible!

I was in the sea before breakfast, and mean to try the like in future; finest of seas, of sunny mornings; Nero too had a small swim (as far as I cd throw him yesterday in the warm time; and is greatly better for it.5 Fresh fish to dinner; actual! Jack carries this across: “speediest,” he asserts. God bless thee. T. C.