The Collected Letters, Volume 27


JWC TO KATE STERLING ; 12 February 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520212-JWC-KS-01; CL 27: 42


[12 February 1852]

Dearest Kate

Your note was invisible to the naked eye, and while I was trying to borrow a pair of spectacles, behold the note got stolen!1 I saw it slyly slipt into a waistcoat pocket, whether as a memorial of you or of me or of both or of neither, or of the abstract evening, I have no notion— Somebody with spectacles read to me however the word Friday out of it—so I write to say you had better be here about a quarter before eight— Didnt you approve of Mazzinis “first appearance before a London audience”? I was enchanted; for it was the nearest conceivable possible approximation to being no appearance at all which I should have greatly preferred—

your affectionate

Jane Carlyle