April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


JWC TO AMALIE BÖLTE; 16 March 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490316-JWC-AB-01; CL 23: 252


Friday morning [16 March 1849]

You divined perfectly right, Dear, as to the INTENTION part of it; Lady A was to “take me with her to Addiscombe,” and we were to have gone yesterday, to stay till monday or Sunday, as I meant to have told you in time to spare you a vain journey on Sunday.— But Lady A felt too unwell yesterday for making a journey in such bitter cold—so put off till today and today I have another note from her putting off into the vague— I am thankful; tho I should have stood to my engagement I was wishing greatly I had not made it—this weather taking all spirit of enterprise out of me—

—Thanks for the offer of music but I found the only concern of that sort I ever tried dreadfully wearisome and besides a concert room in this weather! Oh my dear! “dinna speak o' it!”

Yesterday on my way to Oxford Street in quest of warm stockings I called on your milliner—but saw nothing to excite my cupidity—besides, the things seemed to me much about the usual shop-price!——

Thanks for all your “delicate attentions”—I rather wish you HAD been “a man”; for if anything could rouse a spirit in one it would surely be the getting oneself “eloped with” and I think YOU understand me better than any male lover ever did—hang them all!1

Your affectionate

Jane W C