August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


JWC TO JEANNIE WELSH ; 30 December 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18421230-JWC-JW-01; CL 15: 256


[30 or 31 December 1842]

Dearest Babbie

I absolutely have no time to write a letter today— I am obliged to go to the post office in Sloan Street and then back again in time for the post office here—but a word about the books—it never entered my head till you put it into it! that the books were NOT a gift— I have asked Carlyle and find it never entered his that they were not a LOAN— I will ascertain on Sunday— Blockhead of a man that he never can make his intentions clear!— What carriage did you pay? I am really curious to get to the bottom of rail-way carriage—it seems as if there was some shocking imposition in the porterage from Euston Square here which ought to be looked into— We received some time ago meal and butter from Scotsbrig—the carriage of which from Scotland to Euston Square—was four shillings and sixpence!! but then there was precisely the same amount from Euston Square to Chelsea! making in all nine shillings—and there was no resistance of this glaring absurdity the Carrier merely said—that the railway COULD carry things for next to nothing but that was no reason why he should do the same— I will write soon meanwhile bless you my darling

Your own


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