January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 6 August 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590806-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 163


Auchtertool, 6 Augt, 1859—

My dear Brother,

That is a negligence on somebody's part, that of the shoes, lying at Burntisland or somewhere! I hope it will clear itself up in a day or two, and the article come safe to hand, welcome tho’ late.1

This is a Capital old House,2 & there are intrinsically excellt accommodations in it for us,—windows all pulling down too, whh is really an important point!

I had a rather nasty day yesterday after you left me,—principally caused by the intended kindness of “dining at the manse” in passing. Jane had not slept a wink the night before; was gone with Cousin Maggie to this House when I arrived at Walter's; dinner, for whh I had been so punctual did not take place for near an hour: in short I got on very ill; and find this morning that I have got a very considerable stock of cold, and am in a below-par-ish way! No help for it; I must try to be wary, to be canny, and get out of it again.

Jane got some 4 hours of sleep last night; and is astir today on better terms, tho’ still too shattery for Cuddy riding. That Note from Erskine was waiting: perhaps you have seen him?3 I design to go on Monday week;—and it is possible, not very long after that I may turn my face Annandale way. Some day next week you must come over and see us; I will meet you with fourfooted Fritz and we can divide him between us thither and back again.

Adieu for the present; I must ride to Kirkcaldy with my Letters, being too late for post here.4

Your affecte5