January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO MARY CARLYLE AUSTIN ; 17 February 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590217-JWC-MCA-01; CL 35: 29


Thursday 5 Cheyne Row [10 or 17 February 1859?]

Oh thank you! thank you, Dear! Never was a petition more swiftly complied with.1 The eggs actually arrived last night! A complete success this time! for there was not a si[n]gle egg broken, or so much as cracked!

I paid only eight pence for the box—is it possible it could have come all that way2 for eight pence, or was that only the carriage from the Station3 here! and you pre-paying the carriage to London in spite of my prohibition—? Tell me!—that I may understand for future times. You cannot understand—yes you perhaps can—the serious nature of the worry this Box of eggs has rescued me out of! and will deliver me from for a fortnight to come.

By then, there will perhaps be fresh eggs procurable here—or at all events I may get some more from you.

This isn't the letter yet that I am to write you— But I am obliged to go early to town on that horrible business of servant-hunting4

affly yours /

Jane Carlyle