April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


JWC TO MARY RUSSELL ; 30 June 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440630-JWC-MR-01; CL 18: 95-96


20 Maryland Street / Liverpool Sunday [30 June 1844]

My dearest Mrs Russel

I send by tomorrows Steamboat to your address, a box of old clothes for Margaret and Mary which you will be kind enough to divide between them.1 The things themselves are so little worth that you may think it a piece of superfluous trouble imposed on you and myself to send them so far—but they are most part hers,—a gown of my own being merely put in because there was room for it,—I should like them out of my sight, and at the same time I could not find in my heart to give them to any poor person at hand, for whom they would have been merely cast-off clothes, and might perhaps have even found their way into the pawn-shop. for sad to say even for the most respectable poor people in London the pawn-shop is not the last resource but the first. And so I send them where they will not be desecrated and hope that you will not think me very absurd.

I arrived here last Monday my wish to see my Uncle and Cousins again having overcome my repugnance to visiting this place again—my last recollections of which were so miserable! My Uncle looks better than I had expected—all the rest quite well—They are as kind as possible—but it is very sad for me being here in this way— I never came to Liverpool before except on my way to her— I shall go back next week—for I left my husband at home and he does not manage well, left to himself. I do not think he will go anywhere this summer he is so intent on his Cromwell. and moving always unsettles him.

I hope you do not forget me dear Mrs Russel— I think of you often enough and with ever the same grateful affection Remember me to you[r] Father2 and Husband— All here unite with me in the kindest wishes

Ever most truly yours /

Jane Carlyle—

I have been in bed this forenoon with a headach which I must not increase—or I should send you a longer letter—