August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 11 June 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580611-TC-JF-01; CL 33: 238-239


Chelsea, 11 june, 1858—

Dear Forster,

Many kind thanks to you: they are right well due! I might have anticipated, tho' I wd not allow myself, that you wd take this course, regardless of the new trouble for my behoof. Of course I, but too willingly, leave the whole matter with you; and can now, in a composed spirit, wash my hands of it; not to hear of it again till it is a matter settled.

To make things complete I intended to send you the Original Document; which lies safe, docketed “Bargain for Frh,” somewhere: but alas I have laid it up too well and not wisely;1 an hour and half of diligent search yields me only dusty hands, headache, and even heartache, this hot morning; and I had to give it up! I never saw the Paper since that sunday you gave it me long ago; I imagined it lay ready as a pocket-whistle; but it is hidden somewhere to be out of the smoke-atmosphere,—too well.

My recollection of it is distinct, to this effect: “For two volumes of a Life of Frh, £800 2,000 Copies to be printed: volumes not to be above 400 pages each;—or if they were (said a kind of Codicil) Mr Chn was to have “liberty to put on an additional price,”—natural “price” (if not above 400 pages) was not hinted at, so far as I remember.— This I believe to be the authentic substance of the Document; and you can act upon this as if it were the Document itself;—and upon the whole settle the matter for me (any time before Septr 1st) as you find to be feasible and equitable.2 And add a new entry to your Credit Account in this bewildered universe (Debtor I, and perhaps Other Parties abler to pay than I)!—

On Monday week I am partly aiming to go. Of course I shall see you before.

Yours ever truly / T. Carlyle