October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO JEAN CARLYLE AITKEN ; 22 February 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460222-TC-JCA-01; CL 20: 126-127


Chelsea, 22 feby, 1846—

Dear Jean,

I got your good Letter, and was very well satisfied indeed at what you had done for Jenny. I think she can hardly fail to be much more wholesomely situated there, now that she has herself resolved on it, than she ever was at Gill.1 I need not commend you to look affectionately towards her always, and do for our poor little innocent Sister whatever your happier situation puts in your power. She may be well assured of backing and support from those that are bound to her; you can let her understand this in what2

John's Proposal and the manful sad answer to it has made me also sad. Of the actual “Letter in May” I did not hear; but of the Proposal I have often had to hear,—and could and can treat it in no other way than as utterly unwise!3

We are decidedly of opinion here that Jenny should not be made acquainted with that Hanning business.4 She would interpret it her own way, in spite of all that we could say. Our course is, Not to mention the name of that scamp any more, if we can help it. If her own sense in silence will not guide her to some just estimate of him, words of ours will only make the matter more insoluble for her.