January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 6 March 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560306-TC-JF-01; CL 31: 45


Chelsea, 6 March, 1856—

Dear Forster,

Next Wednesday,—I need not remind so vigilant a man,—is the ultimatum of the Lowe Subscription. I have sent various tolerable sums since we last met; I think there must be above £300 now. Which will do perfectly well.

But have you fixed upon an Insurance Office;—for the Old Dames will be upon me again directly after the 12th. Fix, I entreat you: there will be inquiries to make about ages, certificates (personal inspection by the Actuary, I suppose);—pray get him sent out, and let all be ready at or about the 12th. Like a trusty soul, as you are!

I went one evg to the Athenaeum upon chance, another to the London Library Committee, with a view of trying to see you; but did not either time; therefore now write.

My impression is, by all I can observe, the Mitre (tho' rapaciously advertising &c &c) is perhaps not practically unsafe;—but, except that the Actuary is there ready, what charm has the Mitre for us that we shd run any risk whatever by preferring it? I told the man1 we had decided to go elsewhither.2

Be you also ready therefore with an actuary and a place;—“Miss Lowe, 5. Minerva Place, New Cross Deptford” is the address for a man of business going out;—and let us terminate handsomely and soon!

Ever yours, dear F. / T. Carlyle