The Collected Letters, Volume 26


JWC TO EMMA ANNE WILKINSON; 23 April 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510423-JWC-EAW-01; CL 26: 67


[23 April 1851?]

Dear Mrs Wilkinson

Mr C imagined that I wrote to you this morning, and I imagined that he wrote to Dr Wilkinson—and so, the answer to your kind invitation has reposed all day upon its oars—

I am sorry to say we cannot go to you tomorrow evening having a lot of people coming here—the fruits of one journey to Hampstead on Sunday—for in the Green Park we met a man—a gentleman; I should perhaps say—who invited himself to tea with us on Wednesday and his Wife, and his Wife's Sister, and his Brother in Law, and his Intimate Friend—and I dare say he will find two or three more to bring—

Wishing you a pleasanter party than I look forward to, and a few Ghosts to crown your felicity.

Yours very truly /

Jane Carlyle

What a douce [sweet] intelligent looking woman that Mrs Follen 1is! I quite took to her before I knew her name—luckily—for I should not have taken to her after having at one time of my life been perfectly bored with her praises—from several quarters—but chiefly from one—an Italian Painter (Gambardella) who used to declare that She and I were the only two women in the world!2