The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO LADY ASHBURTON; 15 March 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510315-TC-LA-01; CL 26: 47


Chelsea, 15 March, 1851—

Dear Lady,—This is very sad work! I call daily, and get little good news, none at all till yesterday;—wander, very much like a ghost, out of Bolton Street again; and have to see how well I can live on hope for the present. “Hope!”— Well, my wishes go free at any rate, after the manner of those ghosts; and do not fail to visit you.

So soon as there is any chance of seeing you again, give me notice; and if you can write a word without doing yourself mischief, your charity wd let me know how you are getting on in your imprisonment.— We are improving here; my Wife herself going out when there is sun; the ugly fiend of Influenza seemingly about laid again.

I know not if you can read anything; but if so, here is a Sister of Sacontala1 (an old friend of yours) which may amuse you for an hour.

God bless you always, dear Lady, / T.C.