The Collected Letters, Volume 25


JWC TO MARY RUSSELL; 25 November 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18501125-JWC-MR-01; CL 25: 294-295


5 Cheyne Row / Monday [25 November 1850]

My dear Mrs Russell

Thanks for your pleasant letter. I inclose a cheque (is that the way to spell it?) for the money. Please to send a line or old newspaper; that I may know it has arrived.

I returned some days ago rather improved by my month in the country; in spite of all its unwholesomenesses—late hours—french cookery &c &c But the first thing I did was to give myself a wrench and a crush all in one on the ribs under my right breast, which has bothered me ever since and I am afraid is a more serious injury than I at first thought—two days of mustard plasters have done little yet towards removing the pain. which I neglected for the first three days

I find the mud of our London streets perfectly abominable after the clean gravelly roads in Hampshire—it is such a fatigue carrying up one's heavy winter petticoats! For the rest; home is always pleasantest to me after a long sojourn in a grand house, and solitude never so welcome as after a spell of brilliant people— One brilliant person at a time, and a little of him is a charming thing; but a whole houseful of brilliant people, shining all day and every day, makes one almost of George Sands opinion, that good honest stupidity is the best thing to associate with—

I send you a little photograph of my Mothers miniature,1 which I have had done on purpose for you— It is not quite the sort of likeness one would wish to have, but at least it is a[s]2 like as the miniature

I will not wait till next year to write again; if I live—

Kind regards to your Father & Husband.

Yours affectionately /

Jane Carlyle