The Collected Letters, Volume 26


JWC TO CHARLOTTE STERLING; 24 January 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510100-JWC-CST-01; CL 26: 28


[January 1851?]

My dear Lotta

Woman proposeth God disposeth”1 I find I cannot get to Astley's tonight altho' I were as much set on it as Hester2

Mr C has gone to make a call at a distance and left word that he will not be back to dinner till 6—which means with him half an hour after six—so the carriage would come to snatch me away, like Prosperine3 before he had done eating, and that would hurt his digestion;—and in a word he wouldn't like it, and so!—my maxim is “any thing for a quiet Life” and when you are as old as I am it may be yours also—

I send this off by a special messenger that you may not lose time in driving round by “that place” seeing it is to be no Go— Affectionately and in desperate haste yours

Jane Carlyle