January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 18 April 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560418-TC-JF01; CL 31: 68


Chelsea, 18 April, 1856—

Dear Forster,

I will attend punctually at the Athenaeum on Thursday the 24th,—let us say, towards 5 p.m.,—and correct the Proof Advertisement of Names1 along with you (if that is it) so far as I am concerned. We will also come and dine and be joyful;—but absolutely we must not till this sorrowful business is finished; which looks as if it would see both the poor Lowes and us buried before it came to finis. Oh Heaven—But we must not interrupt the steady march of Officiality (Coutts's2 Broker, or whoever it is), nor hurry any man's cattle. Nay they won't be hurried for us; that is a comfort: they will only kick in our faces if we try to whip.

I have got Fitzgerald's Intelligencer3 ready for you, with two leaves torn from an old Hawkesworth's Swift4 which bear upon the Book: I will bring the spadi pauporrima5 with me on Thursday if I can think on.

Yours ever, dear F. /

T. Carlyle