August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


JWC TO JEANNIE WELSH ; 1 September 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420901-JWC-JW-01; CL 15: 64


Thursday [1 September 1842]

Dearest Babbie

I write you just one word of blessing in your loneliness—and if it were not for the thought of your loneliness I could not muster faculty enough today to send you even that much— It is raining—and searchingly cold—and I have not slept—and am otherwise unwell—and there is no fire in the whole house except in the kitchen—where it is not very pleasant to warm oneself in the midst of four or five servants—nevertheless I have been to the kitchen fire once this morning and must go again soon—or die— Why would Carlyle put off and off until the weather broke entirely? but for his coming I should have been back today and had the prospect of a good fire, at least tomorrow— And why do not people above all in country houses put on fires at the shortest notice— I meant to have gone with Mr Buller to meet Carlyle at Bury—but unless it fairs it were a wrong measure quite knocked up as I feel myself. I shall go in quest of Regy for the present and see whether I cannot put it into his head—as John puts things into Mr Oglivies—to have a fire in his study—since Mrs Buller does not like it in the drawing room—it makes it she says “so insufferably close”— Pardon me today Babbie— for I am really sadly out of sorts—worse than I have been any day since I left you

God keep you well and not quite unhappy till we come

Your affectionate /

Cousin Jane Carlyle