1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 12 March 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550312-TC-JF-01; CL 29: 270


Chelsea, 12 March 1855—

Dear Forster,

Here is the old rubbish of a Bristol Letter that I spoke of. If any Lord Nugent or other living Christian can take the least interest in it, I pray you let him be at once put in possession of it.1

I am full of gloom and dispiritment about these hideous Balaklava matters,2 and for plenty of other reasons,—the Genius of Chaos (or Anti Cosmos, at Balaklava and Chelsea too) having in general a considerable purchase upon me at present!— Let us stand to our work; and perhaps we shall wring his nose a little yet before we die.

I hear of two new Editors;3 who seem to me to be little short of Lord Raglan,4 after their kind. Do you consider the final hour of bankruptcy has actually arrived, then, for all manner of things!—

Adieu, dear good Forster: I hope to try for you next Committee Meeting.5 Hide that old Letter, at any rate, out of my road.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle