April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


JWC TO MARTHA M. LAMONT; 1 August 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490801-JWC-MML-01; CL 24: 157


Auchertool Manse 01st August [1849]—

Dear Miss Lamont

Your letter has reached me within these five minutes here in the heart of Scotland! While my Husband has been toiling thro Ireland, I also have been on my travels, taking it more easy— At this moment I really dont know where a letter could catch him— He may sail to Scotland from Belfast; his programme took in that possibility—and if so it is likely he may be in Belfast sooner than this letter, so I recommend you to try and ‘lay salt on his tail1 yourself— I will forward your invitation to the next address he gives me—but that I rather expect will be Scotsbrig Ecclefechan Scotland

I had just read this morning the announcement of your book—and wondered whose it was2— Good luck to you and it. I hope it wont be to write up what they call “The rights of Women” at all rates— I am so weary of hearing about these rights of ours—and always to the tune of “don't you wish you may get them”?

Your ‘life’ looks useful and satisfactory—I wish I could say the same of mine—which has been for long standing still, and looking out into the Vague. I have had ideas about breakout into insurrection, for the sake of the excitement of the thing, and joining Garibaldi and Mazzini, or latterly the more successful Hungarians!3—but have carried them no further into practice than by showing myself on the platform at a meeting for “Roman Liberty” which came off the other day at Bradford.

Yours with all good wishes

Jane Carlyle