April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


JWC TO AMALIE BÖLTE; 6 April 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490406-JWC-AB-01; CL 24: 17


Friday [6 April 1849]

Thanks Dear— I send the address to Countess Pepoli by this post, and yours, and she can communicate with you or the not-young lady herself—or await my return on Monday if she like that best—

As for Tizzy1—do not name that little viper to me again!—and if you wish to avoid serious difficulties material as well as moral you will let her and her concerns alone— I find everybody furious at what is considered your impertinent and ill-intentioned interference with her—for she herself makes herself a merit with the others of showing you up!— She took the last I must say very ill-advised letter you wrote her to Capt Robinson2 and said “See here what an impertinent and most improper letter Miss Bölte has written to me. I mean to write to her that she is to send me no more such letters, and that my mind is quite made up to go to India”—and she writes to Fleming—(he had all the letters here yesterday) that she is quite satisfied that going to India is best &c &c—to buy a certain dog for her she had seen in the Park—and to get her a new dress— Pray keep from mixing yourself further in the concerns of such a little traitor or it will be the worse for you— Lady A is highly indignant at the unauthorized use made of her name— I also might be a little indignant at having mine used in inciting the wretch to open rebellion—but that you are the most indiscreet little woman in the world is no news to me! I did not mean to have told you anything of all this till I could do it viva voce but having to write at any rate—I may as well put you on your guard, and advise you to give over meddling in what you cannot mend.

Ever yours affectionately

Jane WC

All you say to Tizzy—out of mistaken compassion is repeated to Fleming and Capt Robinson &c—and you are made to look a sort of Demon lying in wait for her soul—so pray be quiet if you can—