July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JWC ; 15 September 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580915-TC-JWC-01; CL 34: 187-188


Dresden (zum Stadt Wien) 15 Septr, 1858 (7 p.m.)

I have got your second Letter here my Goodykin; a delightful little Letter, whh I read sitting on the Elbe Bridge in the sunshine, after I had got my face washed (with such a struggle!), and could get leave to feel like Jonah after being vomited from the whale's Belly!1 Our journey from Prag has excelled in confusion all I ever witnessed in this world; the beautifullest country ever seen too, and the beautifullest weather; but— Ach Gott! However, we are now near the end of it; only 3 more Battlefields now to do, and Chelsea looming out for next week. Courage!— — I am not hurt, I really do not think myself much hurt: but Oh what a need of sleep, of silence, of a right good washing with soap and water all over!—

Do not write again, Dear; nor expect to hear for five days or six: the next Letter, if all go right, may be dated from Chelsea. Hamburg is 3 days sailing instead of one (from Antwerp) or half a one (from Ostend): I shudder at such a voyage again as I had from Leith lately: I intend to make direct for my own bedroom.

For the rest I discharge you not to bother yourself, or shape your own voyagings and movements in the least by mine. Now attend to that! I shd be miserable to think of cutting you off from any chance of improvement (poor soul!) by running to look after me. Besides I want merely to sleep. Stay where you are, go as you were going; get better, Dearest, that will be the kindest thing of all to me.— — Tell Mrs Pringle with my deep thanks that if I live to end this second part of my Fritz, and she persist in the same notions, it is my purpose to try Lann for rest. There! And so good night, all the bells of Dresden say Good night. God bless thee.

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