August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


JWC TO HELEN WELSH; 16 August 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460816-JWC-HW-01; CL 21:15-16.


[16 August 1846]

My dear Helen

I “find myself in a new position”—not knowing my own mind!—so much has Manchester fascinated me! I am not going tomorrow either—Geraldine arranged a pleasure-excursion for me tomorrow to the house of Bamford “the Radical” and my love of punctuality was not equal to putting a veto on it1—and then for Tuesday the Brother Tom settled that I was to be shown a foundry and a ware-room.2 In fact the pains taken to keep me and amuse me is something that exceeds my comprehension considering how little I feel myself capable of making what William Gibson would call “an adequate return”3.— I am certainly however much better since I came here. So their virtue has had its reward in one way—I will never more think of Geraldine as an impractical woman—the practical good she has done me since I came under her roof is something to be grateful for as long as I live— I mean to go on Wednesday but she entreats me not to say this in my note today; but merely that I will write again before [part of letter cut out]4 in my own mind to keep to Wednesday—

I have been thro a cotton mill and thro Whitworths machinery—and have spent a day with Mrs Hargraves at Bolton5 and have seen a good many really interesting people but of all that when you see me.

Kindest love to them all and to yourself

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