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