July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


JWC TO CHARLOTTE SOUTHAM ; 10 September 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580910-JWC-CSO-01; CL 34: 180-181


Lann Hall / Tynron / Dumfries [ca. 10 September 1858]

Dear Charlotte

It is one of the natural attributes of girls to like Balls and all that sort of thing; so having taken a girl for servant, I must not wonder at her propensities!

I have no objection to your going to this Ball, provided as you propose, that your Father1 will take care of the House for you— But you must on no account leave it to take care of itself—

It WAS taking care of itself one night when Mrs Hawkes2 made a great row at the door, and could get no answer!

We have dreadfully rainy weather—but mercifully there is a close carriage as well as an open one so I still get some driving daily

I hope you are attending to the ceiling in the spare bedroom—to get Mr Chalmers3 to look at it if any more wet come in—

Also you should let off all the water from the upper cistern from time to time—a quantity of stagnant water is not desirable in the house

Yours truly /

Jane Carlyle