January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO LADY STANLEY ; 15 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590915-TC-LST-01; CL 35: 205


Scotsbrig, Ecclefechan N.B. 15 Septr, 1859—

Dear Lady Stanley,

After a long spell of quiet rustication on the shores of Fife (sea-bathing, horse-riding, ass-riding, and in general entire idleness, whh one hopes has been of advantage), we are now on our way, on our respective ways, homewards to Chelsea again,—my Wife by Edinburgh and the Eastern Road, at the north end of whh she has still some old friends; I by this Western Route, where, as you know, my native country is; always an impressive scene, full of mournful but more or less blessed influences to a thinking human creature in this world. I have been here about a week; and in some eight or ten days more, must lift anchor again and float southwards, to my dreary operations there: Wife (evidently rather improved, I hope) is to be home about a week before me;—to her Alderley and your beneficent proposal in regard to it is forbidden fruit for this time.

As to me I have been looking into the Railway Books, or getting them looked into; and find, in spite of my lazy dispirited humour, that “it might be done,”—does not transcend the capabilities of human energy, as all visits &c proposed to me have hitherto done on this occasion;—and that undoubtedly it wd be very pleasant to rest two days with you at Alderley before going down to the mud demons again. If Ld Stanley is at home, if &c &c—— In fact, pray write to me, within a week hence, two practical words on the matter, if you will be so beneficent; and I will answer upon it Yes or No.

Being hard on Post-time, I must restrict myself to the essential; and so remain for this present, as always

Yours with perfect loyalty

T. Carlyle