April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


JWC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT ; 19 June 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440619-JWC-UC-01; CL 18: 78


[19 June 1844]

My dear Sir

My Husband, in going out to dinner, has requested me to answer your note— Generally Speaking, it bores me having to answer notes to my husband. But this one besides being warm-hearted, having the merit of being on a subject in which I take the warmest interest; I comply with his instructions without the smallest inward protest in the world!

We are quite of opinion here that the Italian section of Mazzinis friends had best keep silent for the present. The letter-question will not be let go to sleep God willing and in the course of discussion it is possible that new impertinences may [be] uttered against Mazzini distinct individual charges made—a murder or two, got up—&c—which those who are best acquainted with the facts may feel themselves called on to confute. But for the present, you are to observe, that the offensive words respecting him in The Times1 were in the shape of an hypothesis merely, and thrown out, so far as the writer meant us to understand, for the sake of the argument. These have been effectually answered by a man who has first of all the merit of being ENGLISH (or scotch at least which is all the same) and who has besides a reputation for veracity—and is known to keep himself clear of all political factions— A better testimony—I mean a more CREDIBLE one, I do not think could have been possibly given to Mazzinis worth—so that any further vindication just now would seem superfluous, and from the part of Young ITALY or any aged Italy I should fear that it would provoke attacks on him rather than prevent them.

But I shall see you at the Concert2 and—talk of this which may save the Austrian Embassy the trouble of deciphering an unreasonably long note.

Truly yours /

Jane Carlyle

Wednesday night

5 Cheyne Row