The Collected Letters, Volume 13


JWC TO JANE WILSON ; 25 February 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410225-JWC-JWI-01; CL 13: 47


[25 February? 1841]

MY DEAR MISS WILSON,— He cannot go to you after all!—I knew he did wrong in engaging himself: seeing that he was really ill at present, beyond the usual point. Ever since the last Jury business1 a sort of feverish sickness has been increasing on him till now since yesterday afternoon it is unmistakable Influenza. He has had some medicine this morning, and is resigned to be nursed, and my maid says ‘he will be a vast the better for it’—meaning I suppose a reasonable enough thing, viz. that now his sickness has reached a climax it will speedily take itself away—I hope so.

I am so sorry we have hurtled your party in this way—but you will lay the blame on Destiny not on us, and we, poor miserables cannot help it.

Ever most truly yours,


Thursday morning.