The Collected Letters, Volume 10


JWC TO LEIGH HUNT ; January 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18380100-JWC-JHLH-01; CL 10: 3


[early 1838?]

My dear Sir—

My Husband is just gone out leaving orders with me to write you a note inviting you to come to tea— I said it was of no use; you were predetermined not to come, especially if I asked you— He answered I could try at least, and tell you he had finished his days work, and was really very desirous you would come. So behold I try! and what can I do more?1 I cannot annihilate your laziness, or dislike, or pet, or caprice or whatever it is that makes you so obstinately stay away— I cannot make you as happy to come to us, as we are to have you come. I can but (as Edward Irving recommends in all such emergencies) “pray to the Lord”!2 and assure you, that in your solitary instance at least, I break thro my established prenciple [sic] of liking, in throwing away a very large quantity of affection on you which you seem totally insensible of and of course ungrateful for— Mrs Hunt also takes but a Motherless charge of me— Bless you all nevertheless

Yours sincerely /

Jane W Carlyle