The Collected Letters, Volume 13


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 27 June 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410627-JWC-JF-01; CL 13: 165


[ca. 27 June 1841]

My dear Mr Forster

A yes written under the present circumstances, in spite, one may say, of the world, the Devil, and the flesh,1 ought to stand with you for a million protestations of the most undying, most romantic attachement!—yes then! We will come on Tuesday—at half after four—that is ridiculously early I know, but we must come away early—the poor man having no prospect of getting much sleep accomplished the following night onboard of a Newcastle steamer.

What tossings and tumblings about one has in this vile world! I sometimes wonder if it would not be better to die and make an end of it one good time for all— / God bless you Affectionately yours / Jane Carlyle

Do not make any dinner for us—yesterday I dined by preference on half a lettuce!