January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


JWC TO MARY RUSSELL ; 12 July 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430712-JWC-MR-01; CL 16: 265-266


[12 July 1843]

My dearest Mrs Russel

I have no leisure today—and, what is still stupider, no paper— But a minute, and this little pink sheet will suffice for saying the needful—and the rest will keep for another time— The 14th is my birth-day— and timeless and paperless tho' I be, I must send by this post, or Margaret and old Mary1 will not be put in mind of me on my birth-day.— I dare say you think me full of odd fancies—but I cannot help it— I feel my fancies to be more a part of myself than my reasons— I am in the thick of what I call a house-hold earthquake—have been and will be for days to come—my husband is gone into Wales—and I am taking the opportunity of his absence to do a deal of painting and papering and cleaning &c that was become absolutely needed— He will never suffer the least commotion when he is at home—so one is obliged to concentrate the whole horrors of such operations into the rare periods of his absence— I believe he is going from Wales to Annandale— I do hope he will go to see you— For me I know not where to go—now that I cannot go to Scotland all places look alike undesirable— I am better in health however—and do not dislike London in the summer as C. does— I send a little parcel for Margaret to your care and shall enclose a post-office order (when I have got it) for a pound of tea to Mary— Would Mary be the better of any old clothes? She used to have such quantities,—but if she need any now I could so easily give her some?—Love to your Husband and Father2 ever your affectionate / Jane Carlyle