The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 26 April 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510426-TC-JF-01; CL 26: 71


Chelsea, 26 April, 1851—

Dear Forster,

Many thanks. You are a courageous man to have read that crabbed Paper from beginning to end, as I see you have done! I would not have undertaken it for a good consideration.

Not one of your criticisms but seems to me to have a clear element of truth in it; I can recognise the fidelity of what you say both in what is favourable and what is adverse. Many thanks for such attention and such friendly candour. Unless I am a fool, I shall attend to every one of these remarks whenever I revise the Paper. That is a fact;—and so, you perceive your struggle thro' the jungle of pothooks will not be entirely in vain.

My indifference towards this poor Ms. is, I believe, fully proportionate to its worth; and the question, Print or not print? tends (backed by indolence and a reflex of the Baltic Isles) to resolve itself in the negative. However, we shall see. Chapman has not yet pronounced; his word, of course, will go for something,—so many pounds sterling, that is. The will of Fate be done.

Why don't you come and see us, then? I am here every day, going out to walk about 3 p. m.; almost all evgs both of us are here; greedy for the sight of friendly faces and the sound of human news.

A strong rumour circulates to the effect that R. Milnes is about to wed. John Mill it seems has already wedded. Who shall sing these epithalamia?

Yours ever truly (in haste)

T. Carlyle