The Collected Letters, Volume 26


JWC TO JOHN WELSH; 2 January 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510102-JWC-JWE-01; CL 26: 4-5


2d January [1851]

JOHN! sole UNCLE of my House and heart!” I have just one word to say to you today—viz: that I'll be hanged if I ever give you anything another time if you are to go on the William-Gibson-tack1—and instantly set about making me “a suitable return”— I thank you heartily for your newyears gift—but only dont do the like of that again Uncle of me!— I hope the Summer will plump out my poor scraggy arms into a state adapted for such transparent elegancies—

And now I must simply promise you a long letter for today is most unfavourable for writing one—

There arrived on us yesterday a young Heroine of Romance with a quantity of trunks and a Lady's maid—who is for the moment keeping this poor house and my poor self in a state of utter disquiet— I had invited her to dine one day and, if it suited her better, to stay over the night—and she has so arranged her affairs that if she leave here today it must be to live till next week in a Hotel—(at nineteen!) What can one do then but let her remain—with protest against the Lady's maid— She is Mrs Bullers adopted daughter whom you may have heard of, and has just been playing the Sultana in India for a year,2 and— Oh dear here is her lover3 come to see her and in a quarter of an hour a Prison Inspector is coming to take Mr C and me thro Pentonville prison

I am bothered to death my blessed Uncle— So adieu—I will write again next week

Your affectionate /

Jane Carlyle.