April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER; 6 November 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18491106-JWC-JF-01; CL 24: 279-280


[6 November 1849]

Yes dear Mr Forster—

On Wednesday that is tomorrow week the ‘Great Fact’ shall, Deo volente [God willing], get itself accomplished1— Meanwhile Do not trouble to send me Shirley; I have just finished that—not—masterly production—now that this Authoress has left off “corsing & schvering’ (as my German master used to call it) one finds her neither very lively nor very original still I should like very much to know her name—can you tell it me?— As if she have not kept company with me in this life, we must have been much together in some previous state of existence—I perceive in her book so many things I have said myself printed without alteration of a word.

—What a bore that we cannot get done with the Mannings!2— I begin to fear you shall not have the pleasure of seeing her turned off after all.3

Ever inexpressibly yours

Jane W Carlyle