April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 6 February 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490206-TC-JF-01; CL 23: 228


Chelsea, 6 feby, 1849—

Dear Forster,

Tomorrow you will receive back the Books you lent me, for the Bath-House people,1 long ago; I am to call there, and set them under way this afternoon. They have been unconscionably kept;—ought not my gratitude to be great in proportion? Verily I do recognise how polite, friendly, and every way obliging and human the man is; and will not lose it quite out of memory, this long while!—

But the thing to be said now is, that you must bid Henry compare this arrival of Books with the list of those sent; and if there is any discrepancy or mistake, let me have warning immediately; for the family are still at The Grange where the Books were, and till the end of this week any mistake can be rectified; a thing which would not be so easy afterwards.2 So look to it, pray. If I hear nothing, I shall think it all right: that is the briefest rule.

Alas, there was nothing for “Levy”3 when he called; nor, I fear, will there ever be in th[at?] form! Meanwhile I have taken to tinkering Cromwell: the rest will, and must, follow when its time comes, if I learn[?] to see that. Courage!— By the bye, did I tell you I have seen—“W. Squire!” Himself, in person; a much bruised, more than half-distracted, but courageous, exasperated, veridical man.—You must come, and hear all this, and more, quam primum [as soon as possible].4

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle