The Collected Letters, Volume 25


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER; 22 December 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18501222-JWC-JF-01; CL 25: 314


[22 December 1850]

Dear Mr Forster

Behold a Turkey which requests you will do it the honour and pleasure of eating it at your convenience—

The Bearer is paid for taking it; so pray do not corrupt his ‘soul of honour’ by paying him a second time—

We were the better for that evening—but we have been to a dinner since that has floored one of us (not me) completely A dinner “to meet Mary Barton”1— And such a flight of “distinguished females”2 descended on us when we returned to the drawingroom—Ach Gott! Miss Mulloch, Madame Pulski, Fanny Martin (The Lecture-devourer) Mrs Grey (“self Culture”)3—and distinguished Males ad infinitum “amongst whom we noticed” Le Chevalier—Pulski—Chadwick Dr Gulley (!) Meriville4—Mr Carlyle has all but died of it!—I have suffered much less—but then I did not eat threecrystallized green things—during the desert

Nero sends his kind regards

Ever affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle