October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 1 October 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451001-JWC-TC-01; CL 20: 3


Wednesday [1 October 1845]

My Dear

I will write a leisurely letter in the evening to be ready for tomorrows post but just now good heavens! I am “a middle-aged woman in difficult circumstances!”1— Here however is somewhat to satisfy your appetite for letters in the mean while— Lady Harriet brought it herself half an hour ago— I did not see her—which was a pity—that she did not see me was rather merciful than otherwise— I was in the act of nailing down the dining-room carpet with black hands—a not over clean face—my dressing gown on—and my stays only partially laced to meet the exigency of the occasion— Helen had received orders to deny me to the whole seed of Adam without exception— But she did modify her orders in the case of Lady Harriet to the extent of telling her a good round lie—that I was not at home—instead of what I had told her to say generally that I was engaged—— I have dispatched Mrs Rich's note by the first post to Scott— I do not know her address the least in the world Darwin at Shrewsbury and Wedgwood,2 if in town, living in a new place that I never heard the name of—four Tailors!3 Oh what a prospect!

Yours ever /