August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 18 November 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18431100-JWC-JF-01; CL 17: 186-187


[mid-November 1843]

My dear Mr Forster

Somebody has been telling Mazzini that you have renounced all charge of the Review1— And this “gives rise to thoughts in him”—what is to be the final doom of his hitherto most ill starred Article. 2 When will it get printed? or will it now get printed at all in that Review?— Besides the natural interest which the human breast feels in its own Article—he has another reason for wishing that he could divine its probable future where it is——— He had half promised Kemble an article for next number3—has instead been helping Pierre Leroux to get out a patent4—and if there were no hope for the article in the Foreign when its Good Genius has forsaken it—he would offer Kemble it as a sort of apology for his failure in the other5— But there the man is as modest as a young Lady—more modest than most young ladies—and could not bring himself to say a word of this to you himself—“because he was sensible he had such wrongs towards Mr Forster that he had no right to show the least of impatience”6— So I who have no wrongs towards you—ask for him—seeing really no sense in a man going on in the dark missing his way when he has only to ask and be told—“one turn to the right—one to the left &c &c”—

I hear the most contradictory accounts of your health7—one day that you are in bed—the next that you were at the Library— I wish there were an end of this sad work—Yours ever JC