October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


JWC TO RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES ; 17 October 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18561017-JWC-RMM-01; CL 32: 13-14


5 Cheyne Row / Friday [17 October 1856?]

Dear Mr Milnes

I don't take the high ground I might—as descendant of John Knox—don't hold up my apron to you like my great great Grandmamma Knox, and tell you with flashing eyes “I would rather KEPP my Husband's head in there”!1 than lead him into breaking the Lord's day. Jeffrey told me years ago “not to speak of that HORRIBLY STRONG WOMAN! it gave one a sort of shudder at me”2— Accept then my regrets that circumstances, having no bearing on the observance-of-the-Sabbath question, will prevent our going to you on Sunday— Somebody is to be here at tea to talk Prussia with Mr C—and there are two hinderances besides; but one is enough to state.

I grudge that Geraldine however should be minus a pleasure thro’ my inability to take her, and will exercise my influence to make her go on her own basis—

With kind respects to Mrs Milnes

Yours very sincerely

Jane W Carlyle 3