January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO MARY CARLYLE AUSTIN ; 3 January 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590103-JWC-MCA-01; CL 35: 2-3


5 Cheyne Row—Chelsea Monday [3 or 10 Jan. 1859?]

Oh my dear Mary! Have you any eggs; or do you know anbody that has them? Fresh ones I mean; for there are oceans of eggs here in all possible stages of decomposition from the first strawy taint to the accomplished chicken! Mr C used to fall back upon bacon in these dearths; but now he will have fresh eggs! makes my life miserable about fresh eggs!—chiefly, I think, because he knows I can't get them! Life is not worth having on these terms; so for godsake send me some eggs if you have hens laying or anybody near you has hens laying! And dont be paying the carriage as is your magnanimous wont! I shall be only too thankful to pay the carriage if there be any eggs to carry! I write in breathless haste to catch the post—after a stormy scene at breakfast on the egg-difficult!—

Other matters must lie over till I have more leisure and more composure—love to them all.

Ever affectionately


Jane Carlyle