July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


JWC TO FRANCES WEDGWOOD; 10 December 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18371200-JWC-FW-01; CL 9:e3.


[December? 1837]

My dear Mrs Wedgewood [sic]

Will you wear this little fashionable crotchet for my sake—or if that be too much to ask of the rational mind, will you at least give it house-room, that the flare of it may sometimes catch your eye, and remind you of one, who would continue to remember you, tho' you should be much longer absent than I can bring myself to believe that you will be.

I feel as if I had a thousand things to say to you, but when I would shape them into words they all resolve themselves into this; I love you dearly, and am very sorry you are going away.

You will return however before long—of that I have almost no doubt; but whether I shall be here to rejoice with others at your return is a question, which I can do nothing so wise with, as try to keep as much as possible out of my thoughts.

Meanwhile will you be pleased to reflect, that as it has not been undesignedly you have gained my affection, you are in some sort bound to make it as little as possible a source of regret to me. When you are settled in your new place you will write to me; will you not?— You will tell me of your country life, and let me tell you, now and then, of our life (such as it is) and how we wish for you back?— God bless you dear Mrs Wedgewood—wherever you go, my thoughts will often follow you, and it will be the gladdest news for me that I am to see you again.

Jane Carlyle.