The Collected Letters, Volume 27


JWC TO EMILY TENNYSON ; 2 February 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520202-JWC-ET-01; CL 27: 28-29


5 Cheyne Row / Monday [2 February 1852]

Dear Mrs Tennyson

In the flutter of coming away last night, after a day so unusually white; I left, on the toilet of Mrs Ker's room, a great black cross of jet—important to me enough to have a special message about it; for it was given to me once at parting, by my Mother—who is dead. If it be given into your hands, will you take good care of it, till we meet, or till some perfectly safe oportunity offer of sending it. I would rather be without it a long while, than run any risk of having it lost or broken in any public transit

Thank you much for being so good to me yesterday, and thanks to your husband for letting me smoke with him, and talking to me “all to myself.” (as the children say) I hope to hear you do not find the Gloucestershire house feasible, and that you have made peace with the one you are in.

Mrs Ker I suppose is off by this time—God prosper them poor souls—uprooting, at that time of life is a sorrowful business.

Most truly yours /

Jane Carlyle