August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


JWC TO GERALDINE E. JEWSBURY ; 11 September 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570911-JWC-GEJ-01; CL 33: 79-80


5 Cheyne Row—Friday [11? September 1857]

Dearest Geraldine, Here I am safe, and as sound as could reasonably be expected.

I never was so frightened for a journey in all my life and I never performed one more pleasantly. There was a beautiful tinge of romance thrown over it at the outset which cheered and gave a change to my thoughts, sad enough at parting from my old Ladies and my old home! besides such practical smoothing of my difficulties as I hadn't dreamed of!

How long are you to be away?— If you are coming back shortly as I hope, it will be no use going into particulars about anything. Especially as I am rather tired, and have many things to do, and many letters I am bound to write, to put the people left out of anxiety about me—

I find “all right”1 here—to outward appearance at least. Only Nero was far from showing the enthusiasm England expected of him!2 He “had just been asleep” Ann said; when I came to the door.

Mr C was waiting for me at Kings Cross and seemed very glad to get me back.

On the whole my travels have been very successful. I have come back decidedly stronger in mind and body, and brought kind and grateful remembrances to keep my heart alive a little longer—

I shall have no end of little histories to tell you when you are there, and at leisure to hear them.

Compliments to Miss Derby3

Yours affectionately / Jane W Carlyle