August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 10 November 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18421110-JWC-JF-01; CL 15: 171


[ca. 10 November 1842]

My dear Mr Forster

Here is that unfortunate's book1 which I spoke of— As the world2 impossible is not received into your vocabulary any more than into Napoleons;3 I should not wonder if you actually read some dozen pages of it—enough for enabling you to certify to the public with a clear conscience, that such a thing exists—and may be had for money by those to whom money “is no object.”

One thing I do think may be honestly said in its praise—that it is written in capital english,—for a foreigner—

Finally behold the aged Pole's address—

Dr Lhotsky
17 Gt Chappell Street
Soho Square.4

You need have no apprehension of the coat meeting with the reception which Johnston gave to the benevolent shoes5— Lhotsky takes such windfalls in a more amiable spirit—consoling his pride with the recollection of having “given his name to a botanical plant in the new world,”—and with the placid remark that, “verily it is necessary to be grand homme to support such reverses”

Yes! by heaven we will dine with you—or die in the attempt!

How good of you to be so kind to Thacke[ra]y6 after the cause of complaint you had against him!7 I was sure he had been misrepresented to you but you were not obliged to take my word for that!

You are good—and ergo, I remain very / faithfully yours

Jane Carlyle