January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO TC ; 26 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590926-JWC-TC-01; CL 35: 217-218


5 Cheyne Row Chelsea Monday [26 September 1859]

Two letters, to be forwarded; or catch me having put pen to paper this day

I am so tired! Oh my!—I never—! a good sleep would have put me to rights, but that hasn't come yet; In spite of the stillness, and the good bed, and the all-my-own-way; I do nothing but fall asleep, and start up, and light matches, till four oclock strikes, and after that I lie awake, wishing it were breakfast time—

What a wise woman I was to come home by myself, and get my fatigues done out before you arrived!

I am not going out today, nor was I out yesterday, but on Saturday afternoon I trailed myself to Silvester's And saw the horse—“just come in from being exercised” “In capital condition” “So fat”! Silvester said, clapping its buttock, “and so spirity that he never—!” The stable seemed good and very clean. I think them most respectable people. and the distance is less than to Tills.1

If you could conveniently bring a small bag of meal with you from Scotsbrig it would be welcome—We have none but some Fyfe meal which is very inferior to the Annandale—At all events you could ask Jamie to send us a few stones—say 4—and if Mary would give us a little jar of butter like what she sent with me last year it “wud be a great advantage”!2

I find every thing in the house perfectly safe—no bugs—no moths—grates unrusted—much more appearance of care having been taken than when Ann was left in it with wages and board wages—at least in the last years of Ann's incumbency3—Mrs Southam is an excellent woman I do believe—and Charlotte is already the better for being back beside her—away from Thomsons and Muats4—Ever yours / JWC