The Collected Letters, Volume 25


JWC TO JOHN WELSH ; 1 June 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500601-JWC-JWEL-01; CL 25: 90-91


5 Cheyne Row Saturday [1 June 1850]

My dear Cousin

I am glad I am so soon to have an opportunity of becoming acquainted with you, and I sincerely hope we may suit one another, better than my other cousin John1 and I seem to have done; judging from the readiness with which we have resigned ourselves never to meet a second time.

My Husband, very bothered as well as busy, with his Pamphlets just now, has desired me to say, in answer to your letter, that he thinks you are quite right in coming to London to look at its resources with your own eyes—for even if you find nothing to be done here, it will at least be a gain for you to have satisfied yourself that there is nothing to be done—and so have your thoughts freer to turn them in some other direction— He will willingly give you his opinion about anything you may propose to him— Only he fears that his acquaintance is of a sort that cannot be of any use to you— He was trying this morning to recollect a single scientific man that he knew personally—and could not name one!!— However when we know whom you would like to see; it is possible we may find means of getting at them.

I suppose you are quite old enough and have sense enough now to be trusted anywhere on your own basis—even in London— Still I should have liked to offer you a bed on your first coming, in case of your ‘falling (not) amongst thieves’2 but amongst—bugs! which is fully as bad tho less irretrievable— But I have no room at present and am not likely to have for an indefinite time—my Brother-in-law Dr Carlyle having arrived a week ago—with no plan in his head—to occupy all our available Accommodation—

Whenever you like to come during the day, however you will be welcome—and if you are to see as many sights, at midnight (!) as your cousin did; it will be more desirable for yourself that you should be fixed in a more accessible locality than Chelsea— But I fancy your midnight spectacles are chiefly the Stars—all the better for you!

With kind regards to your Mother and my aunts3

Yours sincerely /

Jane Carlyle