January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JWC ; 27 June 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590627-TC-JWC-01; CL 35: 127-128


Humbie, 27 june, 1859 (Monday 1 p.m.)

Very well, Dearest; be it as you say for Tomorrow. I got both your Notes at once 2 hours ago; see you had not got my second one (whh, however, is little matter); and am right thankful you feel so rested, and ready for farther adventures.

Never mind your Aunts; it is better they stand apart with the Oriel window at present,1 & do not confuse us.

So far as I can ascertain you have just one train that will suit from Haddington, and your “after 1 o'clock” intention: the train whh leaves Haddington at 10.13 a.m, and is due in Edinr at 11.6. Leave all your luggage under charge of a Porter (price 2d each piece, I think) at the spot where you arrive; it is the starting point for Burnt-Island; and a train will leave hitherward at 2.45 p.m (landing you at Bt Isld 3.45; you are but 3 miles then from Humbie, & I will be in waiting). Leave yr luggage, I say; and take a Cab for John's (67. Hanover Street), who has clean rooms, & has given his landlady2 warning; there rest till towards 2.45;—you need not bother shopping; we can really get all the things otherwise: keep yourself quiet, and “strong.” may rain but be absent, ah me! No danger of east wind, but there is plenty of west (whh however does not roughen the sea); voyage last only 30 or 40 minutes: be well wrapt; the Burnt Isld “Cab” seemed only to have a hood: but we will try for a close one, if need be; and your road, very hilly, is mostly sheltered with trees. Charlotte will have all in readiness for you here, and a clear fire burning.—— On the whole, it is probable you will find poor Jack himself waiting for your train when you step out at Edinr (he certainly will, if my Note of today find him in time and possibility);—I will tell him to be very quiet, and to avoid fussing: poor soul, do not be cross to him, sponge out nobly whatever is past; as for him he cannot keep malice in his mind ten minutes agt anybody, least of all agt you. It is very likely he will insist on escorting to Bt Isld;—but you can negative that (tho’ why shd you?) if it is really disagreeable. And so fair wind you, poor little Child; and may I get you safe home here at the appointed hour! As it is uncertain whether you will get this (blessings upon Rowland always)3 I will write no more.

We do excellently, & I have had two fine rides, & a bathe daily before breakfast (takes 1 hour exact),—and still more importt an excellt sleeping-place these two nights. Saw the Auchtertoolers,4 borrowed “2 egg-spoons”!—Have brandy; have written for wine (Jack will send one bottle Sherry tomorrow; zambajo5 forthcoming: better eggs, milk, butter are not. Indeed all is right to one's mind, or can be made so. Adieu then till you come!— Yours ever T. Carlyle