1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


JWC TO DELIA BACON; 9 December 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18541209-JWC-DB-01; CL 29: 213-214


[9 December 1854]

DEAR MISS BACON,—I would go, with all the pleasure in life, to answer your letter in person, but the news that you are laid up “finds me in the same1 (as the maidservants write). I have been having a bad cold, off and on, for the last two months; and gone on trying to put it down par vive force [by main force] till finally it put down me. These last two weeks I have been confined to my room, and sometimes to bed.— I am getting better now however, and hope to be what is called “about” again next week.

We have not been out of town this season. Mr. C. is dreadfully busy with his “Frederick,” who I begin to wish had never been born.— He, Mr. C., is never out but for a hurried walk after dark; he declined the usual Christmas visit to the Ashburtons. I was to have gone, however, this very day—to the Grange2—on my own basis for a month—but the meeting of Parliament has been the means under Providence of putting off the party till the 19th of this month3—otherwise I must have given it up altogether. We shall see how the world looks by the 19th—but in any case I hope to see you here or there before then.

Yours truly, /