January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO TC ; 29 September 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590929-JWC-TC-01; CL 35: 221-222


5 Cheyne Row / Thursday [29 September 1859]

Thanks! Just one line that you may not be fancying me past writing! But there is no time for a letter. I am shocked to find how late it is!— I fell to putting down the clean drugget in the Drawingroom, “with my own hands,”1 that you might not, on your first arrival receive the same impression of profound gloom from the dark green carpet that drove myself towards thoughts of suicide!! And Behold the seams had given way in many places at the washing; and I have had to sit on the floor like a Tailor stiching, stiching; and so the time passed away unremarked—and now it is long past my dinner time—and no dinner so much as thought of—in spite of Charlotte's repeated questions. I will put myself in an Omnibus and go up to Mitchells2 in Sloan Street and dine on a plate of soup. Woman wants but little here below3—after a Railway journey from Scotland! especially.

I am glad you have gone to Alderley—

I have slept a degree better the last two nights but have still much to make up in that way— Dont hurry on if you do well at the Stanleys

Kind regards to the Lady Yours ever