July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


JWC TO TC ; 18 August 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580818-JWC-TC-01; CL 34: 144-145


Bay House / Wednesday [18 August 1858]

I do hope Dear you have had a good sleep—two good sleeps, and are again in heart for your great enterprise—at all events that you have the “Courage” of your own horse—and will “go wether you can or not!”

It is not easy to say whether you meant me to write today or not—I was to go on writing “till ON Wednesday”!— I think a nice Chancery suit, might be based on that expression, made to last thro forty years if a fortune lay on it!1 Best to err on the safe side and write “on Wednesday”—anyhow—

I have no time however for a long letter—Mrs Mildmay having decided that we are to take our drive before Luncheon instead of after—in case the day “brews up” as yesterday did, and we get cut out of our drive altogether—And as I am to send the stock, I must take it myself to the post office at Fareham—which is the destination for today—

I have had a very comforting letter from Mrs George Welsh to whom I had written to ask after John. He had been much improved by the better weather when he last wrote—his cough was much less troublesome—his strength surprisingly increased, for the day before writing, he had walked seven hours without feeling the worse for it! I, with my own peculiar experience, should not build much on such a development of walking power: if it were not that HE sleeps soundly after such exertions, and that his appetite is good—But oh Dear! it was just the same last summer—and the winter undid all the good he had got.

His Mother says “a load is taken off her heart”—it were safer that the load should merely be a little lightened—

Here is a letter from Mrs Twissleton2 which you must take the trouble to read and tell me what I am to say, in answer to her offers of service—about your Book—

Has not a bargain about it been already concluded by Chapman, in America?3

There must be something in the atmosphere just now affecting our sleep! I have had two bad nights also; without the least assignable cause—or does the benifit of “change of air” only hold out twelve days? In that case it is well I shall be changing it again next monday—and at the end of the week there is a prospect of any amount of changing—

Heaven protect you

Yours ever /

Jane Carlyle