1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


JWC TO MARY RUSSELL; 7 November 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18541107-JWC-MR-01; CL 29: 193-194


5 Cheyne Row / Tuesday [7 November 1854]

My dear Mrs Russell

I never dreamt of your sending me back any money! nor, of your having any left to send! I wish the Government would put you at the top of the Poor Law-Commission instead of the Blockhead who fills that important post1—the public money, which is after all every ones own private money, would be turned to better account and the poor would at least get some good of it Thank you for giving some remuneration to Mrs Irving2—I thought Mary3 had been at least ten years older than you call her— Poor old soul she would have been very pleased could she have seen her own funeral!—and who knows that she didnt?—

I had a letter from Auchtertool yesterday, the first these two months—and was sorry to learn from it that Alick in Liverpool had been ill of liver and Sophy,4 the Baby, the nurse, and the Cook all laid down with gastric fever— They are getting well now— slowly— It seems to have been very prevalent this year that sort of fever

Oh arn't you miserable about this war! I am haunted day and night with the thought of all the women over England Scotland and Ireland who must be in agonies of suspense about their nearest and dearest— Thank God I have no husband or brother or father or son in that horrible War— I have some few acquaintances however, and one intimate friend Colonel Sterling the Brother of John Sterling—and I read the list of killed and wounded always with a sick dread of finding his name5

Thank you for all your goodness— I will write again before long— Yours affly / J W Carlyle