August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 27 June 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580627-JWC-JF-01; CL 33: 258-259


5 Cheyne Row Chelsea Sunday [27 June 1858]

My dear Mr Forster

“The troubles that afflict the Just
In number many be!”1

But who could have forseen that I should ever have had to trouble you about— —Peter Cunningham!— I have not seen Mary Cunningham2 for years; she left a note for me the other day requesting an interview— I appointed tonight and there comes this long note, which I inclose to you bodily.3 For hang me if I know what else to do!

Mr Carlyle also left with me a message for you, (poor bothered ‘Just’) about map-plates!—which I dare say will keep till you can find a favourable moment to call here—

Mrs Forster might could, should, or ought, to come and see me, she who has that great facility of human friendship, a carriage! As for me I continue as weak as half a Sparrow!— I suppose I shall go somewhere—in Space—by-and by—Meanwhile I am trying what rest without “change of air” will do for me!

Poor Macready! It was just the last time I saw you, you were telling me what a dear little girl that was!— I made a [word illegible] Will some time ago, about my personalities, and bequeathed her my diamond ring! And she is dead!4 and I who have looked at death's door these three years am still wearing the ring! Oh what a sorrowful, incomprehensible world it is! and how fatiguing it becomes!

God bless you dear friend, love to your Wife.

Ever affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle