August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


JWC TO JEANNIE WELSH ; 7 September 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420907-JWC-JW-01; CL 15: 76


[7 September 1842]

What have I to tell you since yesterday? Absolutely nothing, dear Babe, except that this morning I had a long very interesting letter from—yourself! Yes I may add that I slept last night from twelve till six without awaking, a fact at which I felt almost frightened! No word of Carlyle— I suppose he will not have opportunity of writing—and so we shall have a fine deluge of spoken autobiography when he comes! surpassing even the voyage to Ghent!

We are rather excited here to day from the anticipated arrival of Mr Charles—Mr Buller is just going off to fetch him but none of us can accompany him for a drive “Charles brings such a quantity of luggage and a valet over and above”

I hope in heaven that Helen has not only washed the clothes but succeeded in getting them to look decent—pray do you take a look at them and if there are any bad things make her do them over again while she has le[i]sure1 for it—the collars which Carlyle brought with him were perfectly shocking all smeared with blue and as souple as grey paper.

I never heard such a ridiculous story as that of “the old gentlemen”!— I cannot help thinking it is some quiz on the Wedgewoods for their adulation of that child2— Do you ever send them my love at Liverpool it will be a great shame if you have not thought of it for if I had not trusted to your telling them all about me and my constant remembrances of them above all I should have had the discretion to write myself—lazy tho' I have been from inclination and principle Your loving