October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


JWC TO W. C. MACREADY ; 5 February 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460205-JWC-WCM-01; CL 20: 121


[5 February 1846?]

My dear Sir

I am ashamed—a Sign that there is still some Grace in me— You ought to have been sooner thanked for your practical remembrance of us; and would have been, had not the Devil been particularly “busy” inside my head of late days. I sometimes fancy it must be as punishment for all my sins comitted in some former state of existence as well as here; that these atrocious headachs are sent me— In that case, good! it is comfortable to believe one is getting it over in a locality one knows about!

For the tickets;—being so ill I could not avail myself of them for myself— and my Husband is always “too busy for anything” (as they say in Lanca-shire—)1 but I gave them to a beautiful Lady with a beautiful Daughter2 to whom, if you knew them, you would be delighted to have been the means of procuring a pleasure

Ever kindly yours /

Jane Carlyle

Thursday morning