January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 18 July 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590718-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 149-150


Humbie, 18 july, 1859—

Dear Brother,

The Stamps came, prompt & right, on Saturday morning; the Coffee, Saturday night (excellt stuff, as I can testify on two trials),—the carriage was 5d, as I find all parcels now are; 2d to him of the Wallet, who indeed deserves something. The best will be that you bring us over whenever you come a do of coffee (if you can be bothered with it),—the ruinous expense of Carriage may thus be evaded, if it cannot be borne!

Your Letter did not come till this morng: the performances of the Post-Office in these parts are apt to be very oblique.

I went along to Auchtertool from the shore, that night;1 came back, hobbling in the teeth of the wind (horse terrified for the steep roads after dark), and found I had realised a touch of my old bronchitis on getting home. Went to Fergus's next day; a labourious2 futile, rather dreary day; was utterly quiet yesterday; and have still a touch of my bronchs, whh dainty I had rather want. Jane is still at Auchtertool; I do not see for certain how she is to get home today either; all being damp and cold-steamy,—after a good dose of rain we have had. She was well, when I rode over again yester night; I do not think I shall go again on the same terms so late. Rain did not begin fairly till 5 a. m., it appears, tho’ it threatened much when I left the Manse at 10 the night before.

I ought now to try for a slight turn of Prussia,—pity me, pity me! There is no end to bother shovelled on one, now from this hand now from that.

Thanks for the Saty Review too.

Yours Affectionately always

T. Carlyle

If you pass Mackintosh Shops, can you look whether there is such a thing as a Mackh Cape (of any promise,—a good roomy thing, to button round one's neck and flow over the body in riding),—or in fact what Mackh resources there are for the rider in wet weather?— Don't mind it much3