The Collected Letters, Volume 25


JWC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 20 April 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500420-JWC-JN-01; CL 25: 67


[20 April 1850]

Yes. dear Mr Neuberg. He agreed at the first word! The “favourable moment” came sooner than I looked for it; When I returned from Ireland (I have done all the Panoramas now)1 I found him just finishing no 52—waited till he had actually finished, and eaten a very wholesome dinner and then insinuated your proposal,3 not omitting (only one m in omit4) the poetic touch of the golden marriage and the dinner to be eaten in Germany on the same day; and before I had done speaking he said “surely surely”—

And now, pray dont spoil your programme for my whim—I can stand Mrs S5 quite well if you will sit between us, so as to keep her off me a little—what I chiefly dislike her for, is that she brings her face so close to mine that I am in perpetual terror that she is going to kiss me, and I have a great objection to being kissed by indifferent people— But you can save me from that by a little management—

There! I have written a compromise between a ‘town note’ and a country one—you being in a sort of half and half locality

Ever affectionately yours

Jane Carlyle