July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


JWC TO JOHN GEORGE COOKE ; 6 October 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18581006-JWC-JGCO-01; CL 34: 213


5 Cheyne Row / Wednesday [6 October 1858]

Dear Mr Cook—I am here again—the more's the pity! Once for all this London atmosphere weighs on me, I find, like a hundred weight of lead! no health no spirits one brings from “the Country” can bear up against it! Come and console me! at least come and try “TO!” on Sunday afternoon perhaps? Mr C is home from his battlefields and as busy and private as before! So my evenings are now sacred to reading on his part, and mortally ennuying myself on mine!

“Quoth Burgundy the Living, / On Earth, have much to bear.”1

Yours affly / Jane W Carlyle 2