October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 7 November 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451107-TC-JF-01; CL 20: 45-46


Chelsea, 7 Novr, 1845—

Dear Forster,

I know not if you have influence to procure a Ticket to this new Dramatic Festival from the Sanatorium Committee men:1 but if you have I wish you would use it in favour of a good Scotch friend of mine, who is coming up to Town, and would like exceedingly to see you on the Boards! His name is John Fergus &c &c, once Member for a Fife Burgh, now a Laird and great Manufacturer; really an excellent man,—and one of the most splendid figures to look upon that you could anywhere discover; six feet four by the standard, with breadth to correspond, and I hope a Norman kind of look!— In short if you can get this Mr Fergus an Invitation, empowering him to buy a Ticket whatever the price may be, he and I for him will be much obliged to you.

My Wife and I are going out of Town probably on the very day of your appearance on those boards. Till our return I suppose there will be no hope of seeing you—

If you ever write about Cromwell, read this which a man sent me the other night; and say if in all your life you have seen a longer-eared piece of human utterance!2

Ever yours (tho' ill of cold)

T. Carlyle


John Fergus Esq
Care of Countess Pepoli
11. St. George's Terrace


that is the address