The Collected Letters, Volume 25


JWC TO JOHN WELSH ; 14 September 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500914-JWC-JWEL-01; CL 25: 213-214


5 Cheyne Row / Saturday night [14 September 1850]

My dear John

When you said Wednesday you might observe a moment of hesitation in my acceptance— It proceded from a dim notion of something to come off on Wednesday,—I could [not]1 exactly tell what. and on ransacking my memory—all “gone to smithers” in this long distracting row of work—I could only recall that on Wednesday the upholsterer was to put up my bedcurtains, and the “Supplier of Marriage orders and Baby-linen for families” was to bring me home two smart new night-shifts—or as my Laundress more elegantly styles them Night-Shemisses, preparatory to my visit at the Grange; neither of which advents could interfere with your dining here at 5 oclock. On my way home however, my companion not speaking one word to disturb reflection, I recollected that I was engaged to dine at seven with Mr Senior2 at Kensington! and witness afterwards Punch performed by Tom Taylor & Wigan the actor!—a delectable spectacle one must hope— Now I tell you this in case of your coming late— I shall not need to go till twenty minutes before seven—so that you can still dine here—at five

affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle