July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


JWC TO ROBERT FARIE ; 12 February 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480212-JWC-RF-01; CL 22: 246-247


5 Cheyne Row /12th February [1848]

Dear Mr Farie

A headach of two days standing is the reason I have not answered your note sooner.

What would you think of Dairy man? That combines the pastoral, which is favourable to virtue, with the profitable which helps to a house, a wife and all other desiderata. “No mortal could believe, without having tried it”—as our milk-boy told my maid—“all the profit that lies in one pitcher of milk”! (with a pump to fall back on of course) You should have my custom to begin with—not only from personal friendship; but that the individual whose has supplied me for ten years has got into the way of selling a milk which consists two thirds of Thames-water and a pink-coloured powder, at the same time calling on ‘his Maker,’—in one of whose dissenting churches he is an elder,—“to strike him dead if it be not precisely as it comes from the cow”! You can consider about it and come and tell me. I am visible now such as I am— One day I even showed myself in the street for a few minutes but I am not up to much yet. You would find me clearest for taking a view of your complicated case, in the early part of the day— Suppose you came here to Church tomorrow. Or if you like better to come tomorrow evening you will find John Carlyle here who always stands your friend.

Ever kindly yours /

Jane Carlyle