1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


JWC TO KATE STERLING; 11 March 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540311-JWC-KS-01; CL 29: 45


5 Cheyne Row / Saturday 11th [March] / 54

My Darling

This is merely a little dove, sent out over the waste of waters; to find rest for the sole of its foot. If it bring me back a leaf1 I will then write further—but I have no heart for beginning a long letter—in the idea of its either “hanging loose on society” or being returned to me from the dead-letter office after a month— You told me you were going to Brighton Julia and you—but did not give me Mrs Prior's address—and I am by no means sure she is the only Mrs Prior2 in Brighton—

I should like very much to know when thro the manifest interposition of a special Providence I shall see you with my two eyes— I have many things to tell you “strange tho' true” but not till I am at least out of the valley of the shadow3 of the Dead Letter Office

A kiss and a blessing to Julia—the same to yourself my Child

Ever yours affectionately

Jane Carlyle