candlestick

January-July 1842


The Collected Letters, Volume 14


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JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 23 March 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420323-JWC-JF-01; CL 14: 85


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER

[23 March 1842]

Had I foreseen that you would come that day I would not have given orders that no one should be let in; but I felt so helpless on my first arrival—the house looked so dreary—the whole world so dreary—God bless you—do you know why I say this fervently at this moment?—it is because you once gave her a little pleasure—you took her to the play do you remember1 and she was so pleased with her evening—and so pleased with you. She often mentioned you in her letters after, and spoke of you often when I was last in Scotland as the only man she had met in London “whom she took to”—I should care for you in thinking of this, even if I had not cared for you before—

My Husband will not be home for a fortnight yet—at soonest I should think—his address is Templand—Thornhill Dumfries—his address!— Come to see me so soon as you conveniently can and do not be refused admission— I have a sweet little cousin with me who has nursed me like the tenderest of sisters thro these dismal weeks—

Ever affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle

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