January 1835-June 1836

The Collected Letters, Volume 8


JWC TO MARIAN COLE; 13 October 1835; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18351013-JWC-MCO-01; CL 8:e1.


[13 October 1835]

My dear Mrs Cole,

Since I saw you, I have had an interview with the Mother of my feeble Cinderella—a poor depressed creature, whom it is painful to see, and whom it would be next to impossible to use an[y]wise harshly— She prays very earnestly that I should keep the useless Atom,1 so long as I have accomodation [sic] for a thing of the sort; so what can I do but keep her and be patient?

To send her home to starve a few weeks before the appointed time; that I might be a little better waited upon in the mean time would turn to no good for any one.

Your benevolent purpose in my favour them [sic], will remain a purpose; but I shall not therefore bear it less gratefully in remembrance—for of course there would be no sense in having two little girls who would indeed be a new version of the bewitched broomstick broken in despair into two bewitched broomsticks; each alike intent on deluging the house, and drowning the poor conjuror with too much service.

When will you come? On Friday week for certain, but before that I should like you to spend a day—calling is a nuisance for rational people. Your Husband would come to tea, and fetch you home—I am sure he would; for he to[o is?] goodnatured

It is better that you should come to me at present than that I should go to you— — I am not comfortable in leaving my house for any length of time—&c &c And the ceremonial of the thing, I pay you the compliment to believe, goes for nothing with you as with me

I have forgot your number so perhaps this despatch will prove a failure

With kind regards to Mr Cole

Yours cordially /

Jane Carlyle

Tuesday morning
5 Cheyne Row