January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO WALTER MANTELL ; 6 October 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18591006-JWC-WMAN-01; CL 35: 225


5 Cheyne Row Chelsea / Thursday [6 October 1859]

Dear Mr Mantell

In a novel it would have been an awful blunder “entailing” the most “harrowing” consequences; but in real Life, it was quite right and kind, to forward the letter without delay to my legitimate address. It is from Mrs Hawkes1 the letter, and she didn't know my whereabout. “George Cooke”2 has a right to this explanation3

Pray do come! we should be sorry to not shake hands with you again. And for me, as one individual; I feel as if I couldn't like you enough and be sorry enough at your going,4 in amends for the almost detestation I had conceived against you from hearing you spoken of in season and out of season as a good deal higher than the angels!5 I have such a horror of angelsmoi!

Yours sincerely

Jane Welsh Carlyle6