January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO TC ; 26 June 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590626-JWC-TC-01; CL 35: 123-125


Sunny Bank / Sunday Morning [26 June 1859]

Now look here Dear! Posts profess to come and go at Haddington on Sundays; but I have not a shadow of a certainty when this note will reach you! probably not before Tuesday morning1—possibly not till after myself. Add to this normal difficulty of the Posts, my own actual ignorance about hours for “crossing”;2 and I may give up the notion of a meeting between us before my arrival at Humbie, as a thing unrealizable without the gift of divination, or a miraculous interposition of Providence!

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Jane Welsh Carlyle to Thomas Carlyle, [26 June 1859] (detail)

Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland


The only approximation to an appointment I can make is this. If a boat leaves at one oclock on Tuesday; I will try to go by it—(in the Macready sense—that “when I say I'll try; I try! and when I try, I do”!)3 If no boat leaves at one I will try to go by the first that leaves after one—whatever hour it may be. But I don't expect to find you—nor need to find you; for any practical purpose—a carriage being procurable at the Burnt Island Inn4

My only anxiety is for dry weather on Tuesday with not an east wind. Today it is thundering and raining here like—like—anything!

I need not be telling things about here—with the prospect of leisure enough on Tuesday evening.

Yours ever /

Jane Welsh C