January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO ELIZA FORSTER ; 24 February 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590224-JWC-EFO-01; CL 35: 41-42


Thursday [24 February 1859]

No dear Mrs Forster—

the Brougham will not be at my door “on Monday next.” We shall make a new appointment when you are quite well again but not sooner! Don't I know the horror of living in terror, that when the day comes for a1 an appointment to take effect, I shall have to go thro with it however sleepless I may have been the night before however sick I may be at the moment!— That sort of dreads are enough to retard ones recovery.

You must have been doing “those things you ought not to have done,2 exhausting yourself on young sightseers &c &c, or you couldnt have gone and caught cold in this lovely weather.

I will call and ask for you one day next week—and will come another day to Luncheon, when I have seen with my own eyes, (more understanding in such cases than a man's never to say a Husbands!) that you are up to it

Yours in haste, and ink blots—but affectionately

Jane Carlyle

If Mr Forster would take a grain of care of himself!