January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 19 January 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420119-JWC-JF-01; CL 14: 17


[19 January 1842]

My dear Mr Forster

Appoint the day yourself and as the Cockney shopkeepers say “it shall be done Sir”!1 I think I can answer for Mazzinis willingness to undertake the article—and also for the certainty of its having some thing in it— For John Sterling I could also answer if the Review would accept a fifty-page article for him in ryhme! But whether he can so far force his nature as to write anything at present in prose is another question—which I shall get an answer to however as fast as possible. If he does it at all no doubt but he will do it fast— The last time I wrote him a lecture on his horrible tendency to make verses—he answered that “I might as well advise a hurdy-gurdy to run along the road like a steam engine as talk to him of writing in prose”2

This pen will absolutely not spell—or rather it is the fault of that prevailing nuisance paper made out of plaster of Paris instead of genuine rags— All good be with you— Ah! I have read Keats! read the Eve of St Agnes!3 and———least said is soonest mended.—

Your affectionate /

Jane Carlyle