The Collected Letters, Volume 27


JWC TO THOMAS CARLYLE ; 14 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520814-JWC-TC-01; CL 27: 226-227


Saturday [14 August 1852]

My time all gone in answering Lady A's letter—

I enclose—various things. If John Chorley's note dont excite your curiosity, you must be more than mortal or less!1 A Sterling's letter is really worth reading—

The sun is out again—Nero and I in better spirits That would do very well—you to do Silesia with Newberg &c &c— Dr and Miss Gully were here yesterday frantic to have you back he will write—

I must run to the postoffice

Sunday evening!

“With the best intentions always unfortunate”— I was just putting together my packet yesterday when Dr Weber2 came, and staid long enough to belate the whole affair!— He seemed bent on coming up to the immense expectations I must have formed of him—and that excessive desire to please was just what I dislike him for! but he is clever and gentlemanly and thro going—to appearance—at least when looked at in front—for the back of his head and neck, and all down has a different character—much less bred and less intellectual—“the human curve”3 not so well defined!— He reminds me of a statue that had been perfectly polished in front, and left rough hewn behind—to stand with its back to a wall. He gave the most flourishing accounts of Lord and Lady A— And we parted after “swearing everlasting friendship”—to a certain very limited extent—

Your letter came after and also, alas, came news, thro Mr Piper,4 of the death of Mazzini's Mother5—the accounts had been written to Mrs Hawkes6—in two letters; she found them on her return from town where she had been all day, and opening first the letter which told only of a stroke of apoplexy, she rushed off to Mazzini with the news— Having returned to her own house she opened the second letter, which in her agitation she had not looked at, and found it an announcement of death, and so had again to go to Mazzini— He is dreadfully struck down the Pipers say. I have not seen him I wrote him a few lines last night and took them up myself, but would not go to him, tho' Mrs Piper thought it might be good for him to see me— I am sure there are too many bothering him with kindness7

Miss Gully came this morning by appointment to spend the whole forenoon, and only an hour ago (half after six) the Dr and his eldest son came to take her home.— Only imagine! I raised a roast fowl and potatoes for her lunch—(that is dinner) and the kitchen grate only half set! Mrs Freeman8 roasted the fowl for me in her house! and brought it piping hot potatoes and all!!—and Miss Gully never knew but it came from my own kitchen!— But I mustnt scribble more tonight having to take this myself to the Sloan Street postoffice

Kind regards to all—

Your affly /

Jane W C

Oh yes there's a hole!—but the ceiling is far off being finished yet Mr Morgan has not shown face here for ten days—has had the gout I believe

Im afraid you cant read— I have written so fast with such a pen!