The Collected Letters, Volume 1


JBW TO THOMAS CARLYLE; 24 September 1821; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18210924-JBW-TC-01; CL 1:383-384.


[24 September 1821]

Dear Sir

I cannot write to you— It is not my spirit's subjection to the prejudices of weak minds, nor blind reverence towards the dull ceremonial of life that hinders me— But I hate to deceive any one—and I fear to deceive my Mother— Rest assured that my friendship will never fail you, as long as you merit it— As you value the continuance of our intercourse do not write to me again—

I know nothing of my Mothers plans, but I rather think October will not be the month— Burn this forthwith and forget that I have written it.

Yours truly /

Jane Baillie Welsh

Dundass Street / Monday Evening