JWC TO SUSAN HUNTER; 13 August 1835; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18350813-JWC-SS-01; CL 8:197-198.
JWC TO SUSAN HUNTER
5 Cheyne Row / Chelsea Thursday / [13 or 20 August? 1835]
I am too essentially Scotch, not to give due heed to the Proverb; “it is good to make hay while the sun shines”—which means in the present case; it is good to catch hold of a friend while she is in the humour. But I have been provokingly hindered from acting up to my principle, by the prolonged absence of my usual Domestic; which has kept us until the present day in “the valley of the shadow”1 of char-woman: and thro' going tho' I know you to be I feared to invite you to participate therein. Now however I have got the defficiency [sic] supplied after a more comfortable and permanent fashion, and make haste to say Come and Stay—Come dear Susan and let us make the best of this “very penetrating world” as a maid of my Mother's used to call it, in vapourish moods. Come and wind me up again, as you have often done before when I was quite run down: so that from being a mere senseless piece of lumber, I began to tick and tell people what o'clock it was.
Will you come in the ensuing week? Name your own time only remember the sooner the better.
Yours affectionately /
Do not be after thinking that I have lost the power to write more legibly.— I am just out of one of my headaches & my hand shakes— No Miss Napier5 however stept in out of space to drive me to extremity. O the horror of that moment!