July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 16 November 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18471116-JWC-JF-01; CL 22: 159


A woman never dates her letters

5 Cheyne Row—Chelsea England 16th November / 1847

My dear Mr Forster

It is as well to tell you “soon as syne [late]” that my Husband swears by his head and the “the splendour of God,”1 he will not dine with you on the play-day but only drink tea— It is needless going on my knees to him, or calling in the assistance of the neighborhood I see he is quite resolved— You are “too good a Landlord”—you pour wine into unthinking men—and women—till they approach the point of intoxication and next day it is not so pleasant—

You will expect us then to tea at six—we will dine here at four—and I will take care not to go round by the markets and law courts2

Ever your affectionate

Jane Carlyle—

My “Means of abridging human Life”3 is very ascessable today