January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


JWC TO FRANCES WEDGWOOD ; 17 February 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420217-JWC-FW-01; CL 14: 43-44


Thursday morning [17 February? 1842]—

My dear Angel

Mazzini happened to be here when your note arrived, so that I was enabled to come to immediate clear-seeing on all the points of doubt. Moreover he mended me a pen, so that I am also enabled to answer you in a more christian fashion than usual.

We think that Ruffini ought by all means not to see Miss Patterson's despair—first, because his arrangements are all concluded for trying this thing, and secondly because we hope better things tho the kind Lady thus speaks— The Giglioli whom she instances is Ruffini's particular friend—and it is at his instigation that Ruffini is embarking in the enterprise—he, Giglioli, intending to return to his original profession of Dr of medicine—and make over to Ruffini his pupils and interest.1 (I do not know whether they mean that this should be made public at present; so you may as well send it no further than Mrs Rich) Nor is Giglioli so ill off for pupils—at least he himself represents the matter differently, and one would suppose he would be cautious of giving a poetical representation of his circumstances, at the risk of having himself encumbered with a necessitous countryman, while unable to support himself. So you see “there is life in a muscle”—

For the second head of method—I can assure you, on the best authority, that you may send what invitation you like to Mazzini, without the slightest apprehension of his parading before your door with a stick—or sending you a challenge in the name of La Jeune Italie [Young Italy]. As for us, poor wretches, to be sure we should like to ‘assist,’ but—East wind and Influenza will be hurried for nobody's pleasure and I am afraid you will not judge it expedient to wait their natural term— Ever yours affectionately

Jane Carlyle