January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 8 July 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590708-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 137-138


Humbie, 8 july, 1859—

Dear Brother,

We will look for you, then, Tomorrow at noon. I have got the shoes (carriage 3 pence!),—I have them on my feet, as a long-wanted luxury, for I feel that they will fit, & restore me to the Human Family in that one respect! Please call and pay the man; say also I am much obliged, and that I mean to have several pairs from the same mould, but will experiment a few days first. Please farther bring sovereigns & half do over, that I may pay you from paper money. Jane incloses a small grocery order,—the most shining grocer's shop in yr neighbourhd.1

The Boy2 is across for the Cuddy; confidently expected here with the invaluable ipsissimum Corpus [very beast]3 abt 5 p.m.— I gave him your Address in case difficulty shd arise; but he cd foresee none, so probably will bring my Card back unused.

Jane has not read About's Marriages de Paris;4 pray bring it, the Romans de Voltaire,5 and I think another similar volume you shewed me. Poor Jane, in her weak state, cd not make prearrangets as in former clear times; she has no reading with her whatever, & is capable only of very special sorts,—cannot do the daily Newspaprs for instance at all. She will not hear of trying the Horse to-day, or ever again, in Donibristle Park where we have never yet been, or elsewhere. No hope left us but in the Cuddy. I design to ride out with this, myself, & look into the Park. My Horse rather flourishes on his keep here; the currying alone is in defect.— Adieu till Tomorrow.

Yours ever /

T. C.