The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO JANET CARLYLE HANNING ; 24 November 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18411124-TC-JCHA-01; CL 13: 306-307


Chelsea, 24 Novr 1841 (Wednesday)

Dear Jenny,

Here is the American Letter you spoke of:1 it arrived yesterday; and today, after shewing it to John, I send it to you. I do not exactly know what part of Canada it is dated from; but the place lies some hundreds of miles Northwest of where your Husband is likely to be. Our Brother seems to be going on in a very prosperous way there.

On Sunday last, the Dr shewed me a Letter he had written for you: it appeared to be full of rational advice, in all of which I agree. You must pluck up a spirit, my good little Jenny, and see clearly how many things you yourself, independent of all other persons, can still do. You, there, can either act like a wise courageous person, or like a fool; between which two ways of it there lies still all the difference in the world for you! As Jack says, you have done nothing to degrade yourself; it was another than you. I assert and believe always that no person whatever can be ruined except by his own consent, by his own act, in this world.— Your little bairn2 will get to walk; then you will have more time to set to some kind of employment; this will be your first consolation.

I know not whether our Mother is still with you, but suppose Yes. I wrote to her, a very hurried scrawl, last week. Pray take good care of her from the damp and cold. I will write to her again before long. By Alick's letter of yesterday I learn that the Dr's Book3 for her is safely come to Ecclefechan. You can tell her farther that I have now settled finally about her Luther, and it is hers. The cost was only some 26/ instead of 28.— Jane has again overhauled the drawers which you had such work with: the best plan was found to be, to clip the leg off altogether, and put in four new inches above the knee!——— Good be with you dear Jenny, with you and them all

T. C.