TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 9 June 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580609-TC-JF-01; CL 33: 237-238
TC TO JOHN FORSTER
Chelsea, 9 june, 1858—
As it was you that beneficcently1 made the Bargain with Chapman for me (an action that will be marked in the credit side of your account in all places of this universe) I am bound, were I even not desirous, to shew you the enclosed Letter, and its proposed modifications, before it get farther.2
I do not mean that you are to bother yourself with farther negociation, or trouble of any kind, about this business,—tho' I know what the value of your word might be with Chapman; and therefore to me (in a sense), if it were in my favour! But the truth is, I care as little as you can well suppose about the odd £400,—whether it come or stay away is not vital to a sublime wretch, nearly drowned in Prussian quagmires and other Devil's-element;—what I needed, was to satisfy the business-“conscience” one has: and this the Note itself will do. Fling it into the Post-Office therefore (unless you have far more leisure than I imagine at present), and let Chapman himself decide.— I am truly thankful to have got alive out of this thing! I count still on seeing you certainly before I go.
Yours ever truly, dear F