January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO ISABELLA EMILY BARNES ; 3 June 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590603-JWC-IEB-01; CL 35: 102


5 Cheyne Row / Monday [early June 1859]

Dear Miss Barnes

Your Father1 left a message for me this morning, the answer to which I expected him to “come and take,” when he had done with our next-door neighbour.2 But—Blessed are they who expect nothing;3 they shall not be disappointed! Pray come to tea with me tomorrow evening—at seven—if my Husbands particular Friends “The Destinies” alias “The Upper Powers” alias “The Immortal Gods” (your Father says you read Mr C so you will understand me) dont interfere to keep you away.

I will drop this at your door4 in passing for my drive—and along with it a piece of old, old German crockery which had the honour, to catch your Fathers eye and has set its heart on belonging to him! So dont let it get broken—till he have seen it at least!

All you know of me as yet is, that I seem to be in the very lowest state as to penmanship! But I assure you I can write much more tidily than this—made with the back of the very worst pen in the created world! And if you will bring with you tomorrow evening whatever stock you may have of “hope, faith, and charity”5 I have no doubt but we shall become good friends.

Yours truly /

Jane Welsh Carlyle