The Collected Letters, Volume 13


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 9 July 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410709-JWC-TC-01; CL 13: 176


Friday [9 July 1841]


It is better to write a mere line than nothing at all—in case of your taking fright about me—but I must be brief as the eating of an egg—it wants but twenty minutes of four oclock.— I went out before post time to the Sterlings—to tell Mrs S that I could not yet fix my day— She has been waiting to go so far along with me— I thought the Annan letters never came but in the evening and that so, I should miss nothing—from her I went to buy a handkerchief I needed in Regent Street and on to Darwin who drove me to see the Ancient Pictures1 and now to my horror I find your letter has been lying all the while and expects to be answered “instantly” Should it not have come last night? —I will write again tomorrow when I have taken it all in as yet I have but read it— I am very sorry to disappoint you with an answer like this but what can I help it!—“with the best intentions always unfortunate

God bless you— I dare not risk another minute Ever yours

Jane Carlyle