April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


JWC TO MARGARET WELSH; 31 March 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490331-JWC-MW-01; CL 23: 265


[31 March 1849]

MY DEAR MRS. WELSH,—I begged my husband to write to you himself this time, for it must be admitted that men do express themselves more clearly on matters of business than we women do—who are always poor things, mixing up their hearts with their heads in a way that is sufficiently confusing.— I add a line merely to assure you of my kind remembrance, and that however little result there may be to our exertions on dear John's behalf it is not for want of putting sufficient ardour into the business— But positively, to look at this world and see the point of difficulty which it has reached in making an honest living by anything and anywhere—one would say it was time that people gave over being born!— I hope you are better than you were in the summer. I found some benefit from my own sojourn among the green fields—if it did not strengthen me much it at least quietened me somewhat—and when then there is quiet of soul, strength will come—or if it never come can be done without.

I send this as you desired to the care of my Aunts1— What is my other Aunt-in-law2 after at present? What is she doing with her children?3 Heaven help them poor things! with such an example of selfishness before their young eyes, they will have difficulty in growing up to any good end.

Ever affectionately yours