April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER; 15 May 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490515-JWC-JF-01; CL 24: 48-49


[15 May 1849]

My dear Mr Forster

You said that perhaps you could give me some more prints for my screen.1 I thought at the time I should not need them; but since I have seen that glorious Costello-screen2 I cannot resign myself to not trying to make my other side on its model—and for that I am short of de quoi [means]—and if you can help me to a few I shall be thankful—if you cannot, never mind the least in the world—I shall believe in your undying affection all the same—with mental reservation to avoid risking it in future to the excitement of Greenwich dinners!— Now pray understand that it is not with any feeling much beyond “don't you wish you may get them?” that I remind you of this “perhaps” of yours—and that I have not after all much serious interest in the completion of my screen—

“To stick by this trade is not my intention,
I am driven to it by—the Mother of invention”3

Affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle