January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO CHARLOTTE SOUTHAM ; 20 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590920-JWC-CSO-01; CL 35: 210-211


Sunny Bank / Haddington [20 September 1859]

Dear Charlotte

I was glad to hear from Mr Larkin that you had had a pleasant voyage and were safe home with your quadrupeds.

I keep to my intention of being home on Friday, and as I mean to sleep at York on the journey I shall not be late in the day—

Keep a good fire in the parlour and in my bedroom all Thursday and on Friday till I come— Pray do attend to this! It would be no saving of trouble to you to have me catch cold the first thing on arriving—

Mr C will be home immediately after me, so get on as fast you can—till I am there to help you—

You need not prepare any dinner for me, as I may prefer tea when I arrive—and we are no longer five miles from butcher's meat— I hope after all your travels and “sights” you will settle down to your regular work, and be a good girl.

Yours truly /

Jane Carlyle