1824- 1825

The Collected Letters, Volume 3


JBW TO GRACE WELSH; 19 July 1825; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18250719-JBW-GW-01; CL 3:352-353.


Haddington, [19 July 1825]

My dearest Mother——Perhaps you will consider the enclosed a needless formality. It ought to have been done long since, nevertheless; and should have been done but for my dislike of talking to Mr. Donaldson1 about my private affairs. This foolish feeling, which has prevented me hitherto from carrying my intention into effect, might have prevented me I believe, still longer, had I not promised to Mr. Carlyle when he was last here, that before we met again he should be delivered from the thought of loving an Heiress, a thought which is actually painful to his proud and generous nature.

The inclosed Paper conveys to you the Life-rent of Craigenputtock, and places the House here and everything belonging to it at your entire disposal to sell or burn or do anything you please with (I mention this to save you the trouble of reading the three long pages in which it is expressed). In the event of my marriage, which may possibly happen some time within the next six years, you might find it more advisable to sell than let it (for of course we will never part);—but that is a far-away consideration.

I write to avoid speaking on the subject; and I will esteem it particularly kind if you will not say a word to me about it.

Yours ever affectionately, /