JWC TO HELEN WELSH; 14 November 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18461114-JWC-HW-01; CL 21:91-92.
JWC TO HELEN WELSH
Saturday [14 November 1846]
Just a word today in the midst of infinite tribulation (occasioned chiefly by the shrinking of C's flannel shirts) to say that you are looked for without fail on Friday— I say friday rather than Thursday—as it will be for your own comfort that you should not plump into the last Act of Helen!—it will be a great scene the parting one—tho she is going of her own free option— I wish she were well gone for my share for I hate these “slow agonies”
I hear the newcomer is an immense Beauty!1 who I devoutly pray may not attract the attentions of any of the swell-mob!2— I look to you to support my courage thro' the first week of her—and to aid me in the process of training her if training be found necessary—tho I hardly think Betty, with her early recollections of my household-inability, would have dreamt of sending me any one not up to her work whatever else—
Now dearest Helen just equip yourself for the journey as carefully as you equipped me—and you will get thro it quite pleasantly— Moreover do not for Heaven's sake bring many dress-gowns with you— I hate to see good things tumbled about for no end—and full dress here is not put in requisition once in a twelve-month—what one calls wearing-clothes will be perfectly adequate for all our practical purposes. I do hope you will not feel very dull—people come to London with the idea of its being the centre of all stir and entertainment So it is; I dare say but we are exceptions to every general rule of every place we live in! At all rates you will find a hearty welcome
Kisses to my Uncle and Polly3—
Ever your / Affectionate /