July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 25 October 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18551025-TC-JF-01; CL 30: 90-91


Chelsea, 25 Octr, 1855—

Dear Forster,

That unblessed Affair of the old Lowes, it appears, is going to turn up on us again!1 Poor old creatures,—and yet it certainly was not a job we had need of just in these years.

I believed firmly Lady Palmerston had done what was engaged for: I now begin to surmise that this is not certain at all, and to learn on the whole that nothing will result from flagitating further in that quarter.— In fact I believe there will be no finale, but going into the Times, as I unluckily hindered you from doing in summer last. I am advised by good judges that this is really the way. Ended, at all events, this sad thing must be, by one means or other!—

Will you return me this poor old Lowe Epistle; and also the Copy of the Paper that was to go into the Newspapers:2 I will try to learn whether I can do no good with them, or indeed what is to be done.— I have written to the old Dame for an exact Statement of what resources she now has got,—specifying the Palmerston annuities so far as actually performed (promised we will leave out),—up to this date.

God help us, dear Forster! There is a great deal of sorrowful stuff in this world, much ugly scavengerage to do; and we must not grumble to take our share of it on occasion.

Send me the old “Memorial” or whatever it was, one of these days, then;—and pardon and pity me

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle