July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 31 January 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480131-TC-JF-01; CL 22: 237


Chelsea, 31 jany 1848

Dear Forster,—I came home last week,—driven by an ugly Cough and Cold, almost my only conquest in that expedition. My Wife never came at all; could not, for illness and the rigour of weather.— And so here we are; much recovered now, I especially almost well;—and very willing (after several days of a Silence as of Hades here) to see the face of an articulate-speaking friendly man! Of course we, that is both of us, or almost either of us,—are never from home as times go.

I am reading poor Sterling's Book, with a strange, almost preternatural feeling,—being dead he yet speaketh:1 ah me!

By a Newspaper this morning I find the Squire Controversy, “intensely interesting,” is still alive,—in spite of the “ingenious and able” &c of the Examiner. Well; who can help it? Squire, I suppose, will have to take his Cudgel, and break the back of an Editor or two: that will perhaps kill the Controversy!

Come and see us, dear Forster, the first charitable hour you have.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

I see Goldsmith advertised:2 right good luck to him!— N.B. We never got the Proofsheets back;—is the Book itself coming soon?—