TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 27 November 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18551127-TC-JF-01; CL 30: 122-123
TC TO JOHN FORSTER
Chelsea, 27 Novr, 1855—
I own I had never much hope of that Lichfield business:1 we must go ahead without it.
I would say Tomorrow at 5 without hesitation; only I fear there will not be time to gather the correct report of progress from Coutts and Prescott's. Let us therefore say Saturday2 at 5; and pray contrive to get the correct bulletin from both places; and let us know exactly what we have in the bag. We can then judge whether to attack with these Circulars, or to leave things to their natural operation for a while longer. While Dickens is here, after the 8th next, we must have another meeting; and decide about getting some Actuary of an Insurance Office (I know a tolerable man, if there occur to you no better) to take accurate knowledge of these old women's ages, long annuities &c; and tell us what exact sum (my £400 was but a rough guess) will be rigorously needed for them and us. Soon after which I hope to wash my hands of it, and drink your health somewhere,—your hands being well washed too.
No answer needed to this: Saturday stands and the hour of 5 p.m., at the Athenaeum.
I have got no more money. Ruskin, whom I saw the other night, has given the old women £10 (for Turner's sake),3—I wish he had paid it into our Fund rather. He says farther, he has undertaken to himself to pay an annuity of £5 on the same score: if he wd add the purchase-money of that to what we have, it would lighten our load down to £25 annually. For beyond £30, there is not the least use in going. The poor old creatures would only waste, if they had more.
Yours ever truly /