The Collected Letters, Volume 25


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 24 August 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500824-JWC-TC-01; CL 25: 174-175


Saturday [24 August 1850]

I hope in goodness Dear you got my long letter on your road or at all events that it will reach you along with this. for decidedly, I must today surpass “the brevity of the egg”!

At three oclock I have an appointment with a—what shall I say?—sweep! and before that hour I must flit from the Library, where the sweep is to “come to pass,” down into my own old appartment again—and must take up the Library carpet “with my own hands” and remove all the furniture, and take up the stair carpets—so judge if I should be sitting writing here like a Lady!— But one line anyhow to make your journey as little unquiet as I can make it; it will surely be some comfort to know that I continue up to my circumstances, and look forward to “a glancing future, with a servant”—I have had the offer of two “likely to suit” one recommended by Mrs Newton1—the other by Miss Darby—have decided for the latter, after sitting with my elbows on the table and my head in my hands for something like half an hour praying your “immortal gods” to give me sound judgement—and now I fancy I should have taken the Yorkshire woman—but God bless me! one dont marry one's servant—one can divorce her in a month if one like, or in a minute paying a month's wages! so what need to take the matter so gravely

Such a “constitutional walk” to be sure! and to go and be tumbling about like the “Man in Thessaly”!2— my Dear you are really not so fit as you think to be trusted out by yourself—but I must be off to my carpets or the sweeps will find me with my lamp untrimmed3 God speed you, and give you sound sleep at Scotsbrig where you will at all rates get the comfortablest breakfast in Christendom.

Love to them all there and at Maryland Street

Yours ever /

Jane Carlyle