The Collected Letters, Volume 27


JWC TO W. H. BROOKFIELD ; 3 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520803-JWC-WHB-01; CL 27: 199-200


5 Cheyne Row / Tuesday [3 August 1852]

My dear Mr Brookfield

Your note being without date (Ah! and you a man!) I can't know precisely how long it has lain here; but I have only just found it on my return from Sherborne— Mr C has been in Scotland for nearly a fortnight, fled from the Bricklayers and Carpenters whom himself so rashly evoked I am doing what England expects of me!—presiding over the earthquake here; except for a short visit to poor Mrs Macready.

I do not usually accept invitations on my own basis, for example I have just declined an invitation to Mrs Carlyle from the Directors of the Chrystal Palace (!) to a breakfast on the new founding!!1 (very much he would [have]2 liked that surely!)3 but as I have a certain faith in your liking me a little as a humanbeing—and not merely as the wife of “a clever but fantastical Writer” I will if you like go to you by myself on Friday—

Meanwhile it would give you a new idea of Chaos—just to come and cast your eyes over this house—

They have mislaid all my pens

Yours truly all the same

Jane Carlyle