1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER; 14 February 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550214-JWC-JF-01; CL 29: 261


5 Cheyne Row / Wednesday[14 February 1855]

Dear Mr Forster

Since you ask us to dine with you on Monday, it is a clear case of your being disengaged on Monday, and at leisure. Ergo, you canif you like—come and dine with us here. And won't you like? There's a good man! It is cold weather for “a delicate Female” to front the night air in; and at the same time I am wearying to see you, at “some reasonably good leisure.” So come you here this time; and we will go to you, when things are softer. If any other day would suit you better than Monday name it—only leaving me time to ask Darwin1 to meet you as I know he would thank me for the opportunity.

Oh Mr Forster isn't it cold? I have been looking over—to read it is impossible—that confused compilation calling itself Memoirs of Lady Blessington Of all that is sad to think of in that poor kindhearted woman's life, this last fatality of falling into the hands of such a Biographer seems to me saddest of all!2— What a pity but Capt Maclean's black Cook had “carried out” his intention of “poisoning” this Madden3

Yours affecly /

Jane W Carlyle