1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 18 July 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540718-TC-JF-01; CL 29: 131-132


Chelsea, 18 july, 1854—

Dear Forster,

Thanks many times for your beneficent remembrance of me!— I never saw the Burney Book, nor met with this account of the Interview at Ferney before:1 if you have the Book, or if it is in the London Library, I shall decidedly want to see it. The other Piece (is that too given by Burney?) comes from a Lampoon written by Voltaire after his quarrel with Frederic, and was known to me, as well as F.'s Letter on the little event:2 but it increases my desire to see Burney.— I will come to you one of these days, not on a friday or thursday; and have a bit of dialogue and consultation again.

For the rest I get on worse than was ever heard of in Literary or other History; and do not mean to go out of Town this autumn at all, but to stay at home and if I can do no work, be at least very miserable for doing none!

Take care of yourself dear Forster; keep that ugly enemy at bay,—and better times will come yet for those that deserve them.3 Non omnes occiderunt soles [the sun of all his days had not yet set]4: that is still a gospel left us.

Adieu, O friendliest of men

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle