August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


JWC TO MARY RUSSELL ; 11 January 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440111-JWC-MR-01; CL 17: 241


Dearest Mrs Russell

I sent you a letter and a small box (separate) which in the natural order of things should have reached you on newyear's-morning— But I have heard that a parcel which I sent to Tynemouth at the same time arrived in a state of utter wreck,1 and I begin to wonder if yours escaped any better or if it arrived at all— People make such unmerciful use of the mail-bags at this season that it is no wonder if misfortunes and mistakes occur here and there. Be so good as send me a single line to say whether the money order and the etceteras came to hand—or if you do not be in the humour for writing an old newspaper with two strokes on it will do for an intimation that “all's right” (as the Omni-bus-cads [conductors] say)

In great haste ever your affectionate / Jane Carlyle

11th January
5 Cheyne Row