January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO LADY STANLEY ; 27 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590927-TC-LST-01; CL 35: 220


Scotsbrig, Ecclefechan 27 Septr 1859

Dear Lady Stanley,

I am just about lifting anchor from these localities; and do mean, my better genius1 advising me, to touch at Alderley, and see you all!

Thursday2 forenoon, by express, I embark at Carlisle; thro’ Manchester, Stockport, to Alderley-Charley;3am (if all go right) set down there at or about 5.55 p.m.; and shall look round for the hospitable blue liveries, and come whirling home in some vehicle still in time for dinner.

Since Lord Stanley is not there (whh I am very sorry for), I hope there will be none but yourselves;—the young Lasses and the elder,4 these surely ought to be enough to a quiet old man! On Saturday morning again I must go. My Wife is safe home; but not at all prosperous in the sleep department, so far as I can learn.

“Thursday Evg 5..55 O'clock”: adieu till then.

If Thursday for any reason won't answer, you have still time to write again and stop me,—addressing “The Gill, Annan N.B.” But I expect nothing of the sort. Yours ever truly

T. Carlyle