The Collected Letters, Volume 10


TC TO JOHN STERLING ; 21 July 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18380721-TC-JOST-01; CL 10: 128-129


Chelsea, 21st July 18[38]1

My dear Sterling,

You must return infinite thanks in my name to the good Mr Hare; and even say that something secretly tells me I ought to go whither he invites.2 But Dyspepsia, Pusillanimity, and the general cackle of Et-cet-era and Nullity once more carry it; and the vote is Stay where thou art. Some other time we shall hope to be luckier.

Will you for one thing bring me home the correct orthography of George Forster's name: Forster or Foster?3 Mr Hare can ascertain it in a moment.— O that I had the wishing-carpet or Fortunatus' Hat!4 I would fly to many places; to Herstmonceaux in these days, among the first.

Your Aphrodite is a clever thing, here and there a tint of great depth and truth: but it is not a picture or poem, to my mind, any more than the others were; nay I feel confirmed in my old feeling as to that.5 Nevertheless my advice is as ever, Persist, persist, till you yourself come to such a feeling, or to a clear triumph over all such[.] A man can do no other. All other advices are impertinences,—not pertinent to that subject but to a different one; to No 1 instead of No 2!

Long life to the Anonymous.6 As for me I can only say, as future and subjunctive, Revivescam [may I revive]!

Ever yours /

T. Carlyle