The Collected Letters, Volume 27


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 2 September 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520902-JWC-TC-01; CL 27: 264-265


5 Cheyne Row / Thursday [2 September 1852]

A letter from you at last, Dear; whereby it would seem you are “as well as could be expected.” By this time you will be in the arms of Neuberg, God grant! and one need feel less anxious about you— You would find no letter from me at Bonn—one was aimed at Rotterdam which you do not seem to have got—in fact “the Destinies” have not been auspicious to my writing latterly—your last letter to me from Scotsbrig was a protest against my negligence. not merited I assure you— I do wrong things by the dozen, but to not write when expressly desired TO, and when there was business in question, that is a sort of wrong thing not the least in my line! Your letter containing the bill and asking for pills and your passport was answered within a few hours. I put it myself, that is to say, I saw Darwin's John put it in the Sloan Street post office a few minutes after two o'clock. My first intention was to leave it at Alsops to have the pills tied up with it—and then I decided for greater certainty to put it in the post office and leave them only the pills to post— I wrote the address for the pills and they undertook solemnly to post them in time and swear that they did—and I have never in my life experienced any want of punctuality in that shop—so the delay must have lain in some post office— If you have not got my Rotterdam letter (directed Hotel Pays Bas posted on Saturday) you will not have the rest of the passport brain fever—but no matter, since you got it all right— I told Lady Ashburton “care of Joseph Neuberg Esqr Bonn” would find you so if you have not got her packet enquire———but alas! I have no more particular address for this to make it any surer to reach you— I have a new invitation to go to Addiscombe tomorrow (Friday) and stay till Monday (Lord A being gone to Scotland quite promiscuously and her Ladyship in consequence going a second time to Addiscombe) I accepted; being very anxious to have a christian bed for a night or two having alternated for a week betwixt the sofa in this room, and the bed at 2 Cheyne Walk—on the same principle that Darwin frequents two clubs— In my lodging I am devoured by BUGS!—(and I suppose all lodgings would be the same in that respect) and here it is too wretched!— But last night Lady A sent me word by Fanny who had taken her up the cranberry jam promised long ago that it was possible she might not go till Saturday—in fact till I am on the road I needn't make myself sure of going at all! I dined with Forster on Tuesday—“fish and pudding”—and the Talfourds1 and Brownings came to early tea— The Brownings brought me in their cab to Piccadilly and put me in an omnibus— It was a very dull thing indeed—and I like Browning less and less—and even she does not grow on me— Mrs Sketchley after reading your note for her held out her hand to me and—burst into tears!—and Penelope fell a-crying at seeing her Mother crying; without knowing why!—“Whatever comes of it—if nothing come of it” sobbed the old Lady “THAT is kindness never to be forgotten!”— Do you owe 4/6d to somebody called Grundy?2 he has written a letter to say his shop has been cleared out by thieves (sounds like a lie) and he has to call in his money to replace the goods! I am writing in great haste, having to go to Elizabeth Street3 after some paper that was to have been made a week ago—oh the Devil particularly “fly away” with Mr Morgan and all belonging to him! and my pen as usual is detestable—so you must just “excuse us today”— I hope that love affair of Johns will “get on”—tho' it may be “strongly doubted”—he was to tell me so soon as there was anything decisive

Forster gave me two names the other night that were to be “highly useful” to you if you went to Dresden the one is John Paget Esqr Lüthicher Strasse 29 Dresden—the other Charles Boner Esqr4 Ratisbon—Boner is recommended in the strongest manner by Chapman—Paget by Forster himself—both are expecting you—and had written to say so—— Oh what writing but the Painter is coming to a stand for want of that paper

All good go with you—

Fanny is charming—so good natured and stirring—Martha had sunk down to complete demoralization before she went—

Ever yours affly /

Jane Carlyle