July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 21 January 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480121-JWC-TC-01; CL 22: 225-226


[21 January 1848]

Well Dear, I have written to Lady Harriet that I am not going at all—the only rational course under the circumstances— So now you are to do what you think best for yourself without reference to me— You are not to hurry home on my account—I am not so ill as to make that a duty for you, nor so well, as to make it a pleasure. But if you continue ill yourself you will certainly be better in your own nest, with me to tell it to—and all your own way, as far as material things are concerned—

Do not be uneasy about me—I should know the ways of this sort of cold by now—and I am sure that with reasonable care it need turn to nothing dangerous—tho it might easily be fixed in my lungs by any rashness.

John said he would write a note himself— I sent for him to take counsel before I began writing1— Some Watts2 have come to town with whom he dines &c and it is amazing how in a few days he has gone all to smithers (morally) Last night he came for an hour before going to these Watts, and found me lying on the sofa very much done up, and cuffing worse than usual. “How d'ye do”! he said like Mr Toots3

Mercy I am going to be belated

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