Jane Welsh Carlyle

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Jane Welsh Carlyle (14 January 1801 – 21 April 1866, née Jane Baillie Welsh in Haddington Scotland) was the wife of essayist Thomas Carlyle and has been cited as the reason for his fame and fortune. She was most notable as a letter-writer. In 1973, G.B. Tennyson described her as

“ One of the rare Victorian wives who are of literary interest in their own right...to be remembered as one ... more »

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  • ''When one has been threatened with a great injustice, one accepts a smaller as a favour.''
    Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), Scottish poet. Letters and Memorials, entry for Nov. 21, 1855 (1883).
  • ''Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. I will not try it. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.''
    Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), Scottish poet. letter, Dec. 27, 1853, to her husband, Thomas Carlyle. Letters and Memorials (1883).
  • ''My dear, if Mr. Carlyle's digestion had been stronger, there is no saying what he might have been!''
    Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), Scottish poet, wife of Thomas Carlyle. Letter, May [?] 1866. Quoted in Autobiography and Letters of Mrs. Margaret Olip...
  • ''If they had said that the sun or the moon had gone out of the heavens, it could not have struck me with the idea of a more awful and dreary blank in creation than the words: "Byron is dead!"''
    Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), Scottish poet, wife of Thomas Carlyle. Letter, May 20, 1824, to her future husband Thomas Carlyle. The Love Letters of...
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