July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 15 January 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480115-JWC-JF-01; CL 22: 210-211


Great God”! (as you say) Is not our young friend “coming it rather strong”? More actresses! more “hysteric seizures”! more of “all that sort ofthing” which played the deuce with her last book!1 But what can you or I help it; since as herself said of herself long ago, she “has absolutely no sense of decency” What I regret more than the questionability of these chapters is the total want of common sense— But perhaps my illness makes me see things worse than they are2— At all events I feel it idle for me to protest any more—

I am out of bed now most of the day, but see no prospect of being able to follow to Alverstoke— Perhaps you will come and see me some day— By the way, was it not from you that I took this cold?

Ever affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle

Write one line to acknowledge the M S, as I shall be uncertain whether it have gone safe else

Saturday [15 January 1848]