January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO HENRY LARKIN ; 25 August 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590825-TC-HL-01; CL 35: 180-181


Auchtertool House, Kirkcaldy 25 Augt, 1859—

Dear Larkin,—Would you read what is on the other side of this;1 and then call at Cheyne Row, and, by comparison of handwriting, and other survey, endeavour to pick out the disconsolate Mr Bull's affair, and, writing on it, “returned by Mr Carlyle's direction,” put it into that Cover, and into the Post,—that his soul may live. I had already to write the foolish creature on this poor busss; and shd like well it were despatched at once and forever. Probably the handwriting, and date of Postmark (it must be some 6 weeks back), will prove sufficit indication; but if you have any doubt, open and see.

We had to remove hither 3 weeks ago, our term being out at Humbie. This is 3 miles inland, an infinitely better House, and still in beautiful Fife scenery familiar to me of old; but the want of the sea close at hand is something, so far as my account goes, and the mere change and its bother has been perhaps more. Mrs Carlyle does evidently better here; whh is a consolation for my going rather the other way hitherto. In two weeks, I am off Southward to my native regions; my Wife may stay (possibly) some 10 days more. End of Septr we are fully due at Chelsea.

Yours ever

T. Carlyle