The Collected Letters, Volume 12


JWC TO SAMUEL AITKEN ; 13 June 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400613-JWC-SAI-01; CL 12: 162


[13 June 1840]

My dear Sir

I sent you yesterday a most hurried and illegible note—I seem indeed born to be hurried and illegible “as the sparks fly upwards.”1— Since writing it my husband has learned from Fraser that the steamboat “happened a misfortune” (as the Londoners say) ran aground on a rock whereby the book package was greatly damaged—

Would it not be best to apply to the Edinr agent for a new copy at once returning the old one—to be repaired at their cost instead of my Mothers— if we send a new copy from here we have to pay for it just at the same rate as if [he?] had had nothing earthly to do with the writing of it—and Fraser is responsible for the books going out of his hands in safety.— the eighteen pages too are absurd—better to have another copy at once—and let them pay for their own blunders.

Now dont you think me your evil genius—always arising to trouble you— you will not get rid of that impression till you come to see me here w[h]ere I shall be so glad to bid you welcome, and shall make so much of you that you will find I have a touch of natural feeling in me after all—

Ever affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle