January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO TC ; 14 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590914-JWC-TC-01; CL 35: 200-201


Craigenvilla / Morningside Wednesday [14 September 1859]

I, for my part, have plenty of writing-paper!—of two kinds!—but what I have been at a loss for was the least inclination to write! till I should have something to communicate worth the trouble of putting it on paper—that I have just brought back with me from Granton;—I can tell you now the last news of your horse,—whom I saw in his box on board The Princess Royal with his magnificent head-gear on, looking well enough pleased, and (I thought) rather glad to see me, when I gave him my blessing and a parting kiss on the nose! There was another horse, not unlike him, in an adjoining box—but without head gear. Old John1 was waiting, and I repaid him two shillings he had got from Walter for the crossing, and half a crown for hay, that had been needed!!—and gave him half a crown to himself—for his various trouble with us—I suppose that was right?—

Of course I had Charlotte and Nero on board in excellent time—and saw the luggage safely stowed— And now I am back at Morningside excessively tired, but with a load off my mind— I awoke at four, for good, as usual, terrified by a dream about seeing old John appear at The Princess Royal, as it was just lifting anchor! with no horse, but himself dressed in stocking-pantaloons with Hessian boots bearing large tassells!!— And when I questioned him; tho his lips seemed to move, I could not hear a word out of his head!!—

There was a dreadful storm of wind and rain for two days after you left—(“equinoctial gales”) But it mercifully subsided before we had to ‘cross’—so I got over without any horror of sickness—

My Aunts have been most kind not to me only but to Charlotte and Nero, and I shall stay with them till Friday when I go to Mrs Binnie at Prestonpans2 and next day on to Sunny-Bank—

Elizabeth has just been in to say if my letter is not in the post-office in ten minutes more—(half past six) it wont go from Morning-side tonight—

So good by— I am sorry you succeeded in getting a coat—for it wont be made as well as Sampson would have made it.3

My kindest love to Jamie—I wonder if he would wear a pair of muffitees of my knitting!

Yours ever /