August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


JWC TO MARY COLERIDGE ; 12 December 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18421212-JWC-MC-01; CL 15: 227


[ca. 12 December 1842]

My dear Mrs Coleridge

I send you a bit of the French Revolution M. S.1 which, with Scotch fore thought, I laid by at the time, to supply autographs for the Americans!—as it has since done—some hundreds of them—much to the receivers contentment of Soul—

Like you I have quite got to despair of London neighbourhood—but I had despaired only for myself— Others I supposed had better luck with it, or continued somehow to manage it better—so that in what you say there is “a certain” consolation— Not that my humanity is so perverted by illness, that I should feel comforted by the fact that your health has been as bad as my own—but I am comforted—a little—when such an effective looking woman as you confesses that she is not able, any more than myself, to bear up against “the force of circumstances”

I hope however, when I have swallowed about twenty more blue pills, for a pain in my side that I shall make my way to you at last Meanwhile, believe me yours with the best intentions, but always unfortunate—

Jane W. Carlyle