July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


JWC TO ELIZA FORSTER ; 12 July 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580712-JWC-EFO-01; CL 34: 40


5 Cheyne Row / Monday [12 July 1858]

My dear Mrs Forster

It is a damming fact to have to tell of oneself; but the fact is I am still very poorly, and wholly unfit to go out to dinner even on the most innocent terms! My cold became much worse after you saw me—worked round into my breast—and that with me is always a long business—so tho' I am considerably better the last two days, I still am afraid to take the least liberty with myself—Just figure what things Mr C would say to me, if for the sake [of]1 a happy hour among my fellow-creatures, I brought back my illness!— I am very sorry—for I had even a particular reason for wishing to dine with you on Wednesday

It is my birthday, and I thought it would be such a nice little lark to celebrate it with!— now that The “Straw[b]erry-fete” and Ball, which illustrated it at Home,2 have got covered over with “the dust of ages”

Yours, with affection / Jane Carlyle 3