August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


TC TO JANET CARLYLE HANNING ; 9 December 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18421209-TC-JCHA-01; CL 15: 222


Chelsea, 9 Decr, 1842—

Dear Jenny,

I had better put you off with a small halfpenny loaf than no bread: therefore I answer without any delay at all, tho' only on a scrap of paper.

It is good news to me that you have got actually over to Scotsbrig. I hope you will be able so to arrange yourself as to stay there for a good while in this dark weather. I often think it a great pity that my Mother had nobody with her, and you nobody with you! If you had a suitable house, could you not live together, and be right use […]1 expense need not be any consideration; all this could quite easily be arranged; provided you could manage to be comfortable together otherwise. I daresay you often regret you have no right work or task: here it seems to me is work and task, and the best kind of task!— I am too far off for prescribing; but this thought is often in my head.

Tell my good Mother that she shall have a Letter from me before long. I am very busy, very confused; but have still fair health, which I ought to be right glad of, and go cheerfully on with.

Last night the Doctor came down to us; sat a couple of hours! He was full of speech, brisk, hearty and well, as I ever saw him. They had arrived the evening before (Wednesday, that is) He is to resume his old weekly dinner on Sunday next again.

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