The Collected Letters, Volume 27


JWC TO MARY RUSSELL ; 30 August 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520830-JWC-MR-01; CL 27: 260-261


Monday [30 August 1852]

Dearest Mrs Russell

I am perfectly ashamed of letting these days pass without thanking you for your kindness It was very kind of you to remember these berries after I myself had forgotten them!—and to try again these dear little slips—surely one at least of them will take root with me—

I am and have been in the dreadfullest hurry galloping in street-cabs after Mr Carlyles passport and other things necessary for his journey in Germany and as usual left over by him till the last moment—the anxiety of getting him all he wanted in time together with the bodily fatigue—complicated by having to go out to sleep in a neighbouring lodging, every bit of my own house being covered with wet paint or otherwise rendered impossible to sleep in without danger, has thrown me into a sort of fever in which I hardly sleep at all and cannot eat—and am in short fast going to wreck—today again—tho Mr C is now off from Leith to Rotterdam I have to run to two different ends of London after other people's business—and my own—to write you a reasonable letter amongst the rest is made impossible for me—I will write in a few days—this is merely an announcement of the things that you maynt be afraid of their miscarriage

Thank you heartily /