August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


JWC TO HELEN WELSH; 7 November 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18461107-JWC-HW-01; CL 21:86.


[7 November 1846]

Dearest Helen

I am just returned from the Grange—that is one good job over—and I may calculate now on being let alone till after Christmas—so I write to urge with all solemnity that you should immediately fling some clothes into a trunk and come off to me. The programme is that after Christmas we shall go for a month to Bay House where we were the last year So the Lady Harriet wills at present—and her Ladyships will is become the law of this house!—even her whims are as imperative as the ten commandments!— In March she will be at Addiscombe—only twelve miles from here—and if she wish us to amuse her ennui there also of course; it will be so arranged—then in April what Darwin calls “the 5 Cheyne-Row-spring-fever” begins—frantic speculations about where to go—&c &c. So that it seems to me on the whole, there is no time so good as the present. We have six clear weeks till Christmas—if you start immediately you may have a tolerable view of London in that time— So let me have a letter by return of post to say what day you will be here—the journey is the simplest thing in nature—nothing in the shape of escort need be waited for. You have only to bid a Policeman at the station get you a cab—(meeting people is impossible in Euston Square) and you will be fetched safe here without a word spoken— I am too much occupied with the prospect of seeing you to enter into any detail of my visit—it was grand to Death!—people with eighty thousand a year can afford to do things in style— I will tell you things that will amuse you when we meet—

Helen does not go till the 20th when I expect a new woman from Edinr—but the change will not put you about—who are used to changes— Say to my Uncle that I bought with his five pounds a beautiful plaid shawl, boa, and fur cuffs—a whole equipment for winter!

Ever your affectionate

J Carlyle