January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 7 August 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450807-JWC-TC-01; CL 19: 134-135


Thursday morning [7 August 1845] before post time


Providence was kind to your note yesterday—prepared me to be thankful for the “small mercy” by first giving me to suppose there was none at all—the footman was sent to the post office in the morning and returned empty— I refused to believe his statement of “no letters mam” and sent Geraldine to see whether he had not made some mistake!—gone before the post came in—or forgotten to name me!— Geraldine not only inquired a second time, but declared she went in and “overhauled all the letters and scolded the post mistress”— Still no letters could be extorted—so I went off in the carriage to Liverpool—to call for James Martineau—according to programme—“heavy and displeased”1anxious too which was worst of all— in passing thro Dale Street it struck Mrs Paulet to run up to the Counting house and ask for letters there, and this time not without result—more or less—two for herself—one for Geraldine—and your little fraction of the pavement2 of a certain place for me.

I wish you had opened poor Christies note—to save time— pray “take a peep into the inside” of any notes or letters that come for me before you send them which will save the trouble of sending them back again—

Geraldine has been struck with a sudden thought to go to Liverpool this morning in the Omnibus—so I send off the piece of “ornament and grandeur”3 I finished last night, with her—in a hurry—this little Seaforth post being hardly to depend upon in an affair of such moment

Ever your affectionate /

Jane C