The Collected Letters, Volume 27


JWC TO FRANK JEWSBURY ; 6 July 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520706-JWC-FJ-01; CL 27: 157-158


[ca. 6 July 1852]

The letter is good, dear Frank cleverly and logically written, and now, having written it, I would, were I in your place, do with it as one is recommended to do with dressed cucumber—throw it away!1— Having perfectly satisfied me as you have already done, that you are stainless as the drifted snow in this matter, and having told the Newtons face to face that they had told lies about you, and that you knew it; I really dont see any good likely to come of more stirring of the unclean thing!— Leave them to Destiny I tell you—it will punish them enough—is already punishing them for all their transgressions— And you will feel yourself in a more dignified position, in having so left them—

At all events if you will send this letter I ask it of you as a favour to my self, repress that phrase “drunken idiot”—the man is a drunken idiot no doubt; but dont call him so to his poor wife—it is her you wound thereby more than him—and depend on it she has been the least blameable of the two

Love to Geraldine / Yours sincerely

Jane Carlyle