January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 15 September 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450915-JWC-JF-01; CL 19: 197-198


5 Cheyne Row / Monday morning [15 September 1845]

Yes! by all the powers I will come!—will come “as I am a woman and a—Pagan”!1 See! I am already so far on the way!

Your packet came to me at Seaforth just when I was in the agonies of expecting my Husband— He arrived—in a very reactionary state indeed! for a week I had my hands full! That man is worse to provide for than a whole family of small children! Only think of his bringing me old trowsers to repair at Seaforth House!! All the while he staid; what with standing between him and the difficulties of his new position, and discharging my own ornamental functions in society, I had no composure of soul to write you a word—now I am at home—alone—that is to say with my Brother in law—and my soul is composed—or rather has the prospect of being composed—enough for all practical purposes!— I should like to hear “all the particulars” but of course you cannot come here, being so busy; and I cannot go there—because of Frasers v Bagley!2

I do not know whether Darwin is returned to London—I shall enquire and in case of necessity get you to alter the name on his card.— Thank you for all—

I have so many capital things to tell you—if you could lend me all your ears3— Meanwhile you surely do not need to be told that I am yours always with the same affection.

Jane Carlyle