April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


JWC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 3 July 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490703-JWC-JN-01; CL 24: 94-95


[3 July 1849]

My dear Mr Neuberg

Had my Husband gone to you as he proposed for half a day, after seeing the steamer to Ireland; I must have given up my visit— A third following would have [been]1 too like a flight of wild geese!

Now, I take heart again and if you be still at home and disengaged, I will go to you on Monday next at the same hour my Brother in law went—and stay a whole day with you before I proceed to Rawdon I am dreadfully impatient to get away from London which I feel to be somehow poisoned for me this summer

—Having seen my Husband fairly off on Saturday, looking, I regret to say, much like a man going to the thirty years war,2 I set off myself with Lady Ashburton to Addiscombe where I remained till last night, and was all that time as well as the general run of women—but this morning again, in London, I rose quite sick, and as languid as a serpent trying to stand on its tail, up to nothing not even to eating my breakfast.

So I will make all haste to sort up my affairs and my plans—this note is measure the first— Do you think your Sister3 will be able to like me?—

Affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle

Tuesday night / 5 Cheyne Row