The Collected Letters, Volume 10


JWC TO JEAN W. CUNNINGHAM ; 3 July 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18380703-JWC-JWCU-01; CL 10: 111-112


[3 July 1838]

My dear Mrs Cunningham

I have often had occasion to remark that it is always the good people one misses. One great bore after another knabs one at home, but when at last by heaven's mercy there comes a reasonable man or woman or both together (as happened the other evening) then twenty to one we have just gone out to recruit exhausted nature.

Truly, you as well as myself are become a sight for sore eyes! the more the pity that we did not see each other—

The kind invitation you left was accepted on the instant and the expression of acceptance has been delayed thus long only because, like much else in this world, it fell between two stones. My Husband thought that I had written—I thought that he had written—

Mr Mac Diarmid—“much excited” by a Coronation must be “altogether” (to use his favourite phase [sic]) a rather awful phenomen [sic] nevertheless— One dares much for old kindness's sake—

It is only two weeks since I have at all ventured out to any species of entertainment for the last year and half—but I am considerably better at present and do hope not to break down again before Monday— At all events my Husband who never absolutely breaks down will be forthcoming. I write at the writing desk of the Thunderer, and his pens tho perhaps very good for making thunder, seem to have a sort of incapacity for commonsense— Love to Mr Cunningham—

Affectionately / Yours

Jane Carlyle

South Place Knightsbrige [sic]

Tuesday morning