The Collected Letters, Volume 4


JBW TO THOMAS CARLYLE; 25 January 1826; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18260125-JBW-TC-01; CL 4:24-25.


[25 January 1826]

Here are letters for your Mother and Jane, but none, my Beloved for you— Your last deserves a fuller and more deliberate answer than I have yet had leisure to give it; as, for some days and nights past I have been wholly occupied about the momentous election; and this morning I feel spiritless and worn out to the last degree;—much more inclined to sleep than to write. But you shall have a long letter from me, presently, at the Hill; in the meantime, taking it for granted that you have not left Edinr, I send the rest of my commands, for Annandale, which in the bustle of yesterday I was prevented from getting ready to go along with James Johnston. He is a worthy creature that, as ever I saw but oh far too nervous for this world. He had nearly given up the Gohst [sic] under the operation of examination. The hard and stony hearts of all present were melted at his state—

Carry my most affectionate regards to all your people, and a Sister's kiss to my dear Child— Say to Alick that if good wishes were farms he would not be long without one— Farewell my own Brother—or Husband if you like that better— I live in the hope of your speedy return, when perhaps you will find things wearing a more prosperous aspect—Yesterday, when I was packing up your Mother's caps—my Mother with a sort of half kind air brought me a little handkerchief and said “you may put in that if you choose for Jane”— You may believe I thanked her with all my heart for this small mercy, and hailed it as an indication of returning good humour, with great joy[.] Oh Yes, Love, all will come right in process of time—only—I am afraid we shall die in the interim— God bless you at all events—expect to hear from me very soon

Yours wholly and forever /

Jane Welsh