August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO LADY HARRIET BARING; 19 December 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18461219-TC-LHB-01; CL 21:114-115.


Chelsea, 19 Decr, 1846

Thanks: here has Buller been calling; here has a thaw come to us; and your Letter first of all, which, in spite of the thick ink and other difficulties, is as good as ever! “All suns,” as the Roman Proverb says, “have not set” :1 there will better days dawn by and by.

We are not worse, we rather continue to improve: cold gone nearly altogether, weakness, sleeplessness, promising to abate. It is not of the Influenza sort, but we depend much on the weather; the somewhat chaotic household too is against us. Patience, quiet endeavour; and all will come straight again.

It seems decidedly among our purposes to come and pay our visit, both of us, when you return from Bowood.2 Subject to contingencies,—alas: but we will do our best, some of us! I shall have more clearness in the matter in a day or two. Write us a word from Bowood,—will you not,—to let me know at least your address, and how you stand the weather.—

Perhaps I do not altogether like that Parrot:—a feeling of jealousy; unworthy of great minds.3

I had a threatening of cold myself; but drove it back by a bath in freezing water yesterday morning, and other violently heroic measures.

Take care of yourself. Ever yours