January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


JWC TO HENRY COLMAN ; 14 June 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430614-JWC-HCO-01; CL 16: 195-196


[14 June 1843]

My dear Mr COLMAN

No! I would not alter you even to the extent of introducing a new letter into your name! As the Duke of Wellington “found the English Constitution so perfect that he should despair of making any improvement on it.”1—the ‘e’ was a quite “unconst[itu]ion[al]”2 piece of presumption on my part—

For the rest, will you come here on Friday evening?—the Mackintoshes have offered themselves for “any evening this week” and I have just written to them appointing Friday3—deferring “the good the Gods have provided me”4 thus long to give myself the better chance of having it increased by a provision of my own viz: you

Now dont be going to a lecture!

Affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle

5 Cheyne Row

Wednesday Morning