July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 2 January 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480102-TC-JF-01; CL 22: 195-196


Chelsea, 2 jany, 1848—

Dear Forster,—Friday, the evening before our departure,1 full of all manner of packings &c, will not do for a dinner; but I will come to you, at any hour during the course of that day, and talk till you are tired;—or indeed any other day. This I clearly think will be the economic method. Failing which, all evenings except only Friday, are free. Give me an hour on Friday before 3½ o'clock: that, decidedly, is the rational course.

Kind “compliments of the season,” from both of us, with one heart!

Bruce continues to disbelieve in Squire; men write to me, asking, If it is not a joke? Stupidity is stronger than the gods!2

Yours ever /

T. Carlyle