The Collected Letters, Volume 4


JWC TO ELIZA STODART; 10 October 1828; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18281010-JWC-EA-01; CL 4:410.


[10 October 1828]

My dear Eliza

I know not whether the highly economical consideration of saving you double postage, together with excessive occupation of late weeks be reasonable apologies for not sooner paying my debt to you of money and thanks: At all events I rely on your known goodnature to make the best of them.

You did not mention the amount of the said debt,1 but I calculate it was somewhere within five pounds which I now take the opportunity of sending safely by Mrs Jeffrey. I meant to have added a long letter, having (which is not often the case with me) materials enough just at present to render a letter from Craigenputtoch tolerably interesting; but my good intention cannot be carried into effect at this time, the horses being come to take away our visitors earlier than we looked for and a great bustle the natural consequence

Excuse this brief scrawl then; till I send you a better specimen of my wits and my penmanship. And if you please acknowledge the receipt of it that I may have no fear about its being miscarried— God bless you love to your Uncle

Ever affectionately yours /

Jane Carlyle

Craigenputtoch Friday morning