The Collected Letters, Volume 25


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 15 October 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18501015-JWC-JF-01; CL 25: 259-260


The Grange / Tuesday [15 October 1850]

My dear Mr Forster

One cannot always get done with people by simply giving over going to see them, or otherwise testifying recollection of their existence— You have “turned a cold shoulder” to me this long while (as Robertson accused ‘the world’ of doing to him after the affair of Camilla Toulman)1 but that makes no difference in the temperature of my shoulder towards you, nor in my faith in your good nature—

Without the least hesitation then I comply with the request of my friend Miss Bölte to forward the inclosed to ‘the Editor of the Examiner.’2—It may be that it is quite out of rule to insert such things as a matter of favour—and in that case The Editor of the Examiner has nothing to do but light his cigar with the document, if however he can insert this notice in the course of nature, it would be doing a favour to me—as I am interested in “The German Lady” and indebted to her for many little kindnesses

I have been here, with Lady Ashburton for the last three weeks, recovering from the melancholy effects of a dreary solitary house-cleaning-six weeks at Cheyne Row— Mr C came back from the North ten days ago and has joined me here— On Saturday next we return to London—so that you need not pretend to be ignorant of our whereabouts

We have had Thackeray here—and today Brookfield and Kinglake are coming3

I hear you have got a godchild and Henry a son Good luck to it!

Ever affly /

Yours Jane Carlyle