July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


JWC TO JOHN WELSH ; 21 October 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18581021-JWC-JWEL-01; CL 34: 222-223


5 Cheyne Row, Chelsea Thursday ([21 or 28] October 1858).

MY DEAR JOHN,—It would seem we have got very very far away from ‘the golden age’ to judge by the embarrassment people feel, and the roundabout dialect they adopt whenever there is question of money, between even those most nearly connected.

Will you permit me to revive the golden age for a moment, and say what I have to say kurt und gut [short and good]; having never been able to develop a talent for roundabout in my life!

You have plans to make for the winter—must do something to prevent this tendency going further.1 In making your plans; will you bear in mind that Mr. C has fifty pounds ready, to pay your journey to Madeira and back, or to any other foreign place you choose to go to.2

This money has as it were dropt to him out of the moon! to give away not to keep—so that you can use it without the slightest fear of inconveniencing him, or even being under any obligation to him.

I should be heartily glad to know you had determined on something feasible.

I feel the changes of temperature here dreadfully. If that man were not such a great helpless Baby, I would go to Madeira or elsewhere with you myself.

Don't trouble yourself to answer this note. The best and most desired answer will be to come shortly, and tell me you will employ that fifty pounds for the purpose specified.

Yours affectionately