The Collected Letters, Volume 11


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 12 April 1839; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18390412-TC-JF-01; CL 11: 72


Chelsea, Friday [12 or 19 April 1839]—

My dear Sir,

I know not whether you have yet disposed of all your Prospectuses; but here are five more, the whole stock I have by me at present.

Did you not once do a Book called Sartor Resartus the honour to borrow it from Hunt? It was called back prematurely, and I know not even whether you ever got it read. Three times I have purposed when with you to take order about this, and three times forgotten it. The Booksellers are unpunctual, apt to neglect orders; it is the shortest way to go oneself and demand. I doubt whether le jeu vaudra la chandelle [the game will be worth the candle] for you: but if it do, and you be passing thro' Conduit Street, that bit of card will answer.1

Prynne is an amazing fellow; Godwin I find rational, instructed, but cold, long-winded, dull as ditchwater.2

Believe me always / faithfully Yours

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