The Collected Letters, Volume 28


JWC TO MARY RUSSELL ; 13 July 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530713-JWC-MR-01; CL 28: 202-203


Moffat House / 13th [July 1853]

My dearest Mrs Russell

Just two hours before your letter came I heard thro my sister in law at Dumfries of your Husband's illness—and was excessively vexed at having written to you at such a wrong moment— I sincerely hope he continues mending and that I shall soon hear of his entire recovery Poor dear Woman! what a fright you must have had! I don't know now what is going to be my fate— It is doubtful whether I go to Scotsbrig tomorrow or at all. Old Mrs Carlyle fell so weak on Monday, that a letter was sent for Dr Carlyle to come over, and he wrote last night that it was quite uncertain whether she could rally again or no. He will either come home today or write again; but I hardly expect she will be in a state to receive my visit even if she do recover to hold on to life a little longer—and if her death is apprehended at present, I shall go straight back to London as quickly as possible to be there when my Husband gets the news. He is very fond of his Mother and tho' prepared for never seeing her again he would be dreadfully depressed I know alone there, with such a sorrow—

I will write again in a week or so and tell you where I am.

With best wishes for your husband's recovery dear Mrs Russell believe me / most affectionately yours / Jane Carlyle

Tell old Mary this1