January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; May 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430500-JWC-JF-01; CL 16: 141-142


[May 1843?]

My dear Mr Forster

I quite forgot to tell you about the M S which I could not take with me being to go around by the Lecture1

You may safely recommend the thing as an amusing sonet, with quite moral intentions—for the execution, between you and me I am afraid it is dashed with a spice of—what shall I say?—rouéism [rakishness]—which in poor Geraldine seems to be as incorrigible as it is unconscious—but there is nothing that a Publisher need be afraid of in it—only an innocent attempt to comply with Mr Colburns demand for “a good deal more power and passion”—which should satisfy him better or worse2

What a pleasant day we had with you. 3

Ever your affectionate / Jane Carlyle