April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER; 12 April 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490412-JWC-JF-01; CL 24: 21


[12? April 1849]

Dear friend

Your Ganymede1 found me yesterday in a mortal crisis; in the thick of two afflictions, which put together did not make a consolation!2 IN the first place I had got one of my patent-headachs to do, which absolutely could not be put off any longer, and at the same [time]3 it was required of me to endure the infinite clatter of an old Lady—clack, clack, clack, like pailfuls of water poured all over me world without end— Nevertheless I showed myself to Ganymede for a moment and bade him tell you—heaven knows what? that it was “all right,” or that it was “all wrong” or perhaps that it was all right and all wrong in the same breath— I did not know what I was saying—

Now that I do—thank you for the Books and the veil and the stick—I have forwarded your note to Sterling and doubt not but it will find the gracious welcome which it deserves—and nothing earthly or divine shall make me forget! Bless you! I never forget anything—except now and then my veil—and always and forever the multiplication table! I have never, for example, forgotten a single one of all the kindnesses you have shown me!— So you may expect us on Thursday, as far as depends on me, with a confidence which has for its basis the Laws of Nature!

Affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle

Thursday morning