April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


JWC TO HELEN WELSH; 27 December 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18481227-JWC-HW-01; CL 23: 188


Wednesday [27 December 1848]

Dearest Helen

I meant to write you a good long letter today—but the first hours of the morning have been broken all into shivers with one tag rag of “The Season” after another—and now Mr C wishes me to go to call for a certain Mrs Villans1 But I will not go without at least the promise of a letter, and my thanks for your famous long one, and for the beautiful ribbon which is certainly the very beautifulest that was ever seen— I hope that some fortunate moment will arrive in which I shall have faith enough in myself to bloom out into anything so glorious!

Ah if I could put on the Wishing cap and be off where I liked I should spend the new years day with you without an if—but journeys at this season and under all circumstances are not for the like of me poor wretch!

But I must like dear Maggie “put on my bonnet”—God bless you all

Ever your affectionate

Jane W Carlyle