The Collected Letters, Volume 26


JWC TO HELEN WELSH; 5 June 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510605-JWC-HW-01; CL 26: 83-84


5 Cheyne Row / Thursday [5 June 1851]

Dearest Helen

Just one line to say that I find I miscounted by a day—I said the 12th—and it is on Wednesday which is the 11th that I want you—Thursday is Thackerays Lecture day,1 and I have a ticket waiting for you. The Lectures between you and me are no great things—as Lectures—but it is the fashion to find them “so amusing”! and the Audience is the most brilliant I ever saw in one room2—unless in Bath House drawingrooms. So I will expect you on Wednesday—about four—that is much the pleasantest hour for arriving—especially as going to meet you at the Station would be perfectly useless—as I should certainly miss you in the crowd—

I am very dull this morning having again lost my dog— I went out to walk with Mr C last night (for a wonder) towards dark; and at the top of cooks Grounds,3 close by my own door, on returning, the poor little creature was snapt up by two men and run off with into space! It is a very cruel sort of thieving that! His name and address is on his collar, so they can bring him back if they like—but won't I fear unless I again advertise and offer a specific reward which I will try hard to keep myself from doing, miserable as I feel under his loss; for there is no doubt of its being the regular gang that have got him this time, and if they find I am ready to buy him back at any price (as I am) they will be always stealing him—till I have not a penny left!—or else I should have to take him out only with a chain—and that is so sad a Life for the poor dog— What his Life is today I am afraid to conjecture!4

I wish I had never set up a dog—I did not think there was so much superfluous sensibility left in me—that I should lose my sleep for the dogs absence out of my bed God bless you