April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER; 13 February 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490213-JWC-JF-01; CL 23: 232-233


[13 February 1849]

My dear Mr Forster

I was in the act of writing you a note this morning, when the carriage drove up that was to convey Mr C and me twenty miles from London for three days and nights! What happiness! I now write within ten minutes of our landing at Hedly Grove—to ask do you know Balfe of the Theatre?1 could you give a letter of introduction to him—that is to say could you give two decent girls2 one of them my friend two lines to say that they are decent girls and entitled to a civil audience. The elder is wanting an engagement for the younger, her protege who has a voice like an angel's— If you will take the trouble to glance over the enclosed note you will perceive somewhat of the exigence of the case—which I cannot in the midst of unpacking myself and eating biscuits and wondering “to find myself here” enter upon in detail—tanto meglio per voi [so much the better for you]— I do so want to tell you of Louis Blanc who dined with us yesterday3— If you can give these young women a certificate of respectability (that is all asked of you)—(and you may meo periculo [at my peril]),—pray to save time direct it to Miss Bölte / 7 Davenport Street / Hyde Park gardens4

I am writing with one of Capt Sterling's steel pens and thick ink and confusion worse confounded5 in my brain—

But in all moods and circumstances ever / affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle

Capt Sterling's / Hedley Grove / Epsom / Tuesday