July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


JWC TO TC ; 27 July 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580727-JWC-TC-01; CL 34: 75-76


5 Cheyne Row / Tuesday [27 July 1858]

Just a line today Dear—for I have been interrupted by one thing after another till I have no time left. First there was a letter from Macready to be answered—one of those letters that one cannot get off ones heart till the answer is written and sent— Then came the—Sweeps!1 and tho' I was not needed to help them I was needed to watch them. that they mightn't put any of the books in their sooty pockets That Job over, Lord Ashburton came and sat a long while—and then Mr Larkin “to take my orders” Lord A did not know I was here till he got your letter this morning—would have come sooner if he had known—&c &c

Would see all the Yacht Men today and find out something for you— thought you should go with Lord Dufferin2 up the Mediteranian and then be put out at Trieste I vote for the Mediteranian too— It is the only chance you will have of seeing what every body has seen.

I dont think my letter was crushed in the street by a wheel— I think it had lain scuffling under peoples feet at the bottom of the Omnibus

Lord Ashburton said he would “certainly” send me the Frederich picture!3 I took a notion of some mince-collops today and described to Charlotte how to make it— She was to “chop the meat very small”—“Dont you think Maam” said she—“if I scraped it—made it for you as I used to do for my blackbird it would be better than chopping?”

The sparrow waxeth strong—is likely to “take the hale yearth to itsell”4

You asked about Lady Bulwer the meaning was this—the Country was like to rise on Bulwer and call him to account5— A public subscription for her defence was on foot— So suddenly her Son6 became a pattern of filial duty!—She was allowed to have Miss Rives7 with her, and the three are gone to the south of France— Young Litton posing himself as victim! Moreover the five hundred a year is said to be accorded her— Mrs Pringle writes anew about my coming to Lann Hall—if I find myself better for being in the country and if I can't stay at Bay House There is that to fall back on if I get strong enough for the long journey.