JWC TO WILLIAM HENRY BROOKFIELD ; 9 July 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520700-JWC-WHB-01; CL 27: 162
JWC TO WILLIAM HENRY BROOKFIELD
Dear Mr. Brookfield,
A Lady (a young authoress in the “Power and Passion” line)1 has intimated her intention of coming for “three or four hours' quiet talk” to-morrow. You may fancy the state in which that is likely to leave me, even if got over before what you call “evening.” But if she do go in time, and if she leave me worth picking up, decidedly I will pick myself up and “clean myself” (as they say in Scotland) my normal state now being all over lime and dust—and go to you—not that I like the two women you mention the least in the world, I find the one too little and the other too large; but I like you and your wife and am glad to go and see you without other inducements.
JANE W. CARLYLE.