April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER; 26 May 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490526-JWC-JF-01; CL 24: 57


[26 May 1849]

My dear Mr Forster

I fear that I have carried devastation into many books for you—I never dreamt of your tearing things out of books! Now that I have got the prints I perceive how inconsiderate it was to ask you for them; being the man you are—that is to say a man ready to give his hearts blood to any body that would be cruel enough to take it.

I sat next Mr Harness1 at dinner—the day before yesterday, and he told me that Rogers had mentioned to him having been to a dinner at Dickens's which he did not like at all; “every body talked so much and so loud that one could not hear a word said.” that is he had not the talk all to himself—in other words Mr Carlyle was there—the greatest affliction that can befal Rogers at a dinner party2

Here is your name sake come in—

Oh by the way—Geraldine has cut me ever since the Lewis business!3—and I—resign myself—

Yours affectionately /

Jane Carlyle