July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


JWC TO HELEN WELSH; 11 August 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470811-JWC-HW-01; CL 22: 31-32


Wednesday [11 August 1847]

Dearest Helen

Just a line to put you out of uncertainty—which I know by almost continual forced experience to be the most wasteful state a human being can be kept in—

On Friday we go to Buxton for one day—and then away with Mr Forster heaven knows how or where towards his house at Bradford— There C tells me I should be just about as much out of the road of Liverpool as at Chelsea—and so—you will not have to put off your going for me—

They write the kindest invitations from Scotsbrig and C presses me to go along with him— But Dear Helen what could I do at Scotsbrig looking out on the hills between there and Thornhill unless just cry myself sick— Oh no I cannot go— To get back to Chelsea and clean my house and be quite alone is best for me. We get on very peaceably here—walking eating and sleeping. a great deal of walking which helps one to the other two things—

We have seen few of the regular sights of the place yet but mean to do a few of them before Friday. we have in the same house a young man dying of consumption and this morning there was a wedding— So goes it in the world— Love to Mary1

Ever your affectionate

Jane Carlyle