April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 1 December 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18481201-TC-JF-01; CL 23: 167


[1 December 1848]

Dear Forster,—This has come to me from Mrs Rich (Wedgwood's Sister-in-law, Sir J. Mackintosh's eldest Daughter), an old friend of ours.1 I am sorry to bother you with it,—but it seems to be the end of Chopin (thank Heaven!)—and I will leave it to your discretion: print or burn as you see good.

Should I find you today between 3 and 4 o'clock at No 58?2 An intimate friend of poor C. Buller's3 requests me to say a word, in the way you yesterday suggested;—and now tho' I do mean to try, I feel no confidence that I can succeed. Half a column, or perhaps less;—but, alas, I feel my heart as if choked, and know not whether absolute silence will not after all turn out the fittest! What is to be done?— Perhaps if Henry came here at 3, with your permission either to be or not to be (if that is still possible for you), it wd be the shortest method. (If you must straightway decide, let it be that nothing is coming. And if I be not with you about four o'clock, let that mean the same thing. I can see no other straight thread in this coil;—forgive me for ravelling it, most probably to no purpose.

Yours ever /

T. Carlyle

Friday Noon, Chelsea