April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


JWC TO AMALIE BÖLTE; 18 February 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490218-JWC-AB-01; CL 23: 234


Hedly Grove. Epsom. / Sunday. 18 Feby 1849

My dear Amalie

I am still here with no particular wish to return to London nevertheless as we live in a Conditional World1 with duties to do better or worse—and “forms of Society” to attend to and above all a cat and silver spoons to look after it behooves me to go back tomorrow where the first business requiring my attention, may have to be transacted with you yourself. I shall call for you tomorrow betwixt 2 & 3 o'clock p.m. when I hope it will not be inconvenient for you to receive me for a few minutes. Don't get into any apprehensions that I am empowered to make any proposal to you of either a legitimate or illegitimate nature having no superfluity of lovers on hand at present—while people are so universally occupied with politics.— But times may mend for us women one lives in hope— Meanwhile it is an innocent little concern of a daily soreness I have to speak about.2— You having always plenty of that sort of thing which it is a convenience to yourself as well as to others to dispose of— N.B. Beauty to be dispensed with.— affectionately yours

Jane W. Carlyle