January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 12 April 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560412-TC-JF-01; CL 31: 66-67


Chelsea, 12 April, 1856

Dear Forster,

If it is perfectly indubitable that the Lowe business will end on Saturday the 19th, we will with pleasure hie over to rejoice, and dine, with you upon that blessed event! Let us venture to promise then.— But only think: if the affair were not finished, but still hanging round one's neck, how could we “dine” to any purpose? Have a care, therefore, have a care!

I did not mean you should bind the Cromwell Paper,1 as I fear you have been doing: it could have got into a volume here, with company, by and by. But the wilful man will have his way.2

We are what the Scotch call “feckless” (effect-less) here,—much beaten by the late east winds, and sad cross-purposes of practical life;—but hope to be better and presentible3 next Saty. Adieu, dear F.—Yours ever / T. Carlyle

Do you know, apropos of Swift, a Periodical (Irish, now gathered into a small Duodecimo) called The Intelligencer,4 to whh Jonathan contributed a Paper or two? About 1729-30.— Fitzgerald5 has picked up the Book (also the Proof of Swift's privity and complicity); and will furnish it if you give the least hint when we meet.