January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO TC ; 16 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590916-JWC-TC-01; CL 35: 205-206


Craigenvilla— / Friday [16 September 1859]

See! here is a letter from Lady Stanley. Been to Cheyne Row; then to Auchtertool, and now, forwarded by Maggie,1 it arrives along with yours of this morning.

I merely write to inclose it—for I am in desperate haste—have my things to pack (again Oh Heaven!) and then start for the Station to take the Berwick train for Prestonpans, where Mrs Binnie and Mrs Godby will be waiting for me. And it is a plunge of rain to complicate the case!— And no cabs nearer than Lauriston!2

I sleep at Mrs Binnie's tonight; and tomorrow night, “more stilly laid,”3 at Sunny Bank—please God!— I went to Greenend yesterday by the Dalkeith Coach to visit Betty4—missed the coach that I should have returned by, and was driven home by Mr Braid in a Green grocer's Cart, all along the Braid Hills,5 direct to Morningside—the very beautifulest drive!—and almost the pleasantest I ever had in this world!—

There is a certain pleasure in no longer feeling like a picketted sheep! But these packings and unpackings are a considerable of a bore.

Betty had roasted lamb for my dinner! and had bought a shilling poundcake!

God bless her! George6 thanked me with tears in his eyes for my “great kindness in sending——Punch!”7

I will write to Lady Stanley from Sunny Bank—in haste

Yours truly /