The Collected Letters, Volume 27


JWC TO LADY STANLEY ; 13 September 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520913-JWC-LST-01; CL 27: 283-284


5 Cheyne Row / Monday [13 September 1852]

My dear Lady Stanley

In my Husbands last letter from Bonn there is a touching notice of your little boy which ought I think to be sent you bodily— I hope the little boy was equally “affected” at sight of Mr C. Did they fall on each others necks, do you suppose, and weep? I am delighted that this german tour seems to be exercising such softening influences on Mr C, and shouldnt wonder now if on his return he were “affected” at the sight of me!

Nothing can exceed the destestability1 of my present life—superintending workmen of every denomination who wont get on, for weeks I havnt even had a christian bed to sleep in; but sleep “all about” sometimes on sofas in my own house sometimes, in hired beds abroad—when I am invariably bitten by what Mazzini calls “small beings” (in plain English) bugs! “My Heavens” (as Lord Ashburton says) wont I know all my life long what “a thorough repair” means! I was at Addiscombe with Lady A three days last week. She is now at the Grange and Lord A returned from Scotland. I thought her much thinner but she was well she said.

Have you heard of the eldest Miss Farrer's schoking accident! her nose broken in two places by a fall! Poor girl! she has to wear a black mask. The Drs say she “will not ultimately be disfigured,” but that must be merely to keep up her spirits.

You will be in town when Lady Airlie is confined will you not? and you will give me the pleasure of seeing you?

Yours meanwhile / very truly

Jane W Carlyle