1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER; 5 January 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540105-JWC-JF-01; CL 29: 7


5 Cheyne Row / Thursday [5 January 1854]

My dear Mr Forster

Thanks for your two notes— Do pray come and see us—we are settled here for good now—our visit at the Grange having been cut short by more than one sorrow— You remember my poor Cousin Helen you were so good to— She died the week before Mrs Carlyle, quite suddenly— She had a dropsy which must have ended her life in a few years—but she wrote to me on the Thursday that she was unusually well and on the Tuesday they wrote to me she was dead of a two days cold.1

Mrs Carlyle was eighty two had been for months hanging on to life as by miracle— There was preparation enough for that loss—if any preparation can make the loss of a Mother less felt.

After getting your first note I was thinking to go and see you—your devout imaginations about coming here so often turning into paving-stones for a place—that Dr Jelf (?)2 is “filled with terror and amazement” to be told is perhaps a myth— But the weather had stopt wheeled vehicles & it was too far to walk. So do like a good man as you are come and spend a few hours

Affectionately yours

Jane W Carlyle

I dont think Mr C is any wise hurt by his hurried visit to Scotland—and the recollection of having seen his Mother at the last and been gladly recognised by her will be good for him all the rest of his life3