January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


JWC TO RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES ; 15 February 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560200-JWC-RMM-01; CL 31: 31


5 Cheyne Row / Thursday [mid-February 1856?]

Dear Mr Milnes

The book which has pleased you, thro' its “insane genius and enormous cribbing,” was presented to Mr C by the author1 and no copy I will be bound to say fell into more thankless hands! I have heard it was not procurable at the bookshops, which is, after all, even more wonderful than that there should be human beings desirous to possess it! But if you or any such distinguished character were to apply to the Author himself; I should think he would be very ready to give you a copy, and would consider himself the party obliged. The copy in Lady Ashburtons hands is however very much at your service, provided Lady A chooses to part with it, and that you will, before entering into possession of it at all, lend it to Mr Arthur Russell2 to whom I promised it a month-ago—Mr C “desires to be delivered now and henceforth from all such unadulterated nonsense”—and for me, if there be anything I can part with without a sigh, it is a book of “insane genius.”

Perhaps in the course of ages you will come here and thank me for my generosity

Ever truly yours /

Jane Carlyle