October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO JANET CARLYLE HANNING ; 29 June 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460629-TC-JCHA-01; CL 20: 215-216


Chelsea, Monday 29 june / 1846—

Dear Jenny,

I heard of your arrival in your new place at Dumfries a day or two ago; and on Saturday I sent you a Newspaper which I suppose you will receive this morning. You will understand it as a hasty token that we are in our usual way, and still mindful of you, tho' there has been little express writing of late.

No doubt you will feel a little lonely, unaccustomed, and now and then dispirited and anxious in your new situation: yet I do consider it a very fit change for you to have made; and believe confidently you will find yourself much more comfortable than you have been in your old place, if once you are fairly hefted [adjusted] to the new one. Do not be discouraged, my little Jenny; I know you will behave always in a douce [gentle], prudent, industrious and wise way; and there is no fear of you, if so. You will be mistress of your own little hearth at any rate; free to follow your own wisest purposes. I think you will gradually find work too, which may be useful to you;—in short this is a fact always, in Maxwelltown and in all towns and situations, A person that does act wisely will find wise and good results following him, in this world and in all worlds. Which really is the comfort of poor struggling creatures here below.— And I hope you understand firmly always that you have friends who will never forsake you, whom all considerations bind to help you what they can in the honest fight you are making. So do not fear, my poor little Sister; be wise and true, and diligent to do the best you can; and it shall all be well yet, and better than we hope.

Getting into a new House, it strikes me, you must find various things defective and not yet in order, so you must take this bit of paper from me which James Aitken, on Wednesday first, will change into three sovereigns for you;—and you must lay them out in furnitures and bits of equipments such as you see needfullest: I know nobody that could lay them out better, and make more advantage of them than you will do. Only you are to consider that this is a supernumerary thing, a clear gift; and that your regular income1 (which John said was to be enlarged,—whatever he may have settled it) will arrive at the usual time, independently of this. And so my blessing with you, dear little Jenny; and right good days to you in this new dwelling,—right wise days, which are the only good ones!— —

I have owed Jean a letter this long time. Tell her a box of Supplements to Cromwell (one for each of you) and two new Copies of the whole Book (one for my Mother, the other for Jack) will reach her in a day or two; which she will know how to dispose of. For the rest, I am fast getting through my work, it is mere tatters of work now; and expect to be off northward before long. Northward we do mean; Jane sometimes talks of being off this week, and I to follow in a week or two. To Seaforth, Liverpool, is Jane's first place. I of course, will soon be across, if once there. Good be with you dear Sister.

Yours always, /


Do you address the next Newspaper to us, if this come all right: that will be a sufficient sign to us.