August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 9 June 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580609-TC-JF-01; CL 33: 237-238


Chelsea, 9 june, 1858—

Dear Forster,

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

T. Carlyle