The Collected Letters, Volume 10


JWC TO JOHN STERLING ; 25 August 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18380825-JWC-JOST-01; CL 10: 147-148


[25 August 1838]

My dear Friend

I believe many things would slip out of your mind before a promise did, nevertheless it may not be superfluous, to remind you, in the hurry of departure, that the 6th Medalion1 was promised to us.2 I know nobody for my share that has better right to it, and I hope you are of the same way of thinking—

Moreover I beg of you to address it specifically to me for Carlyle said if you gave it to him he would smear it over with linseed oil—an invention of his, by which he thinks he has cleverly3 preserved, and I think he has entirely spoiled a medalion given him by Mrs Austin— Whereas if you give it to me I will frame it in its original perfection.

In return I engage to have your motto engraved with all speed. Meliores latent [better things lie hidden],4—truly one has need to hope so!

I wish we had been going to Italy—since you are— One wishes so many things! for instance I wish I could get some sleep without Dr's draughts,— But il faut s'arranger [one must put up with it]. God bless you—I say many things with levity but that I say in deep earnest—

Remember me to your wife— She sent me some nutmegs which she may rely on it I shall never have the heart to use if I am to look on them as a parting gift—

Yours in æternùm /

Jane Carlyle

Saturday Morning

[written in pencil on envelope]

There came last night a hamper from [for] my Husbands address with the name of Dr Calvert in a corner your Dr Calvert5 I presume— Pray let him understand if you have an opportunity that Carlyle is in Scotland and that the hamper will be preserved for him in statu quo