The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 20 March 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400320-TC-JF-01; CL 12: 82-83


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea, / 20. March, 1840—

My dear Sir,

Milnes has appointed us all to meet in his apartment, No 26 Pall Mall, on Wednesday next,1 a little before 2 o'clock. There are to be about Twenty chosen men,—with sense in their head! I was to warn you. I also undertook to write to Bulwer, Milnes himself writing too; Milnes declared he would be the surer to come if I also wrote. Pray deliver him that Note therefore; I have forgotten the No of his house.2 And withal bring him!— Can you not bring Fox3 too? I wd gladly write to him if I knew whitherward. Dickens is to be written to by Milnes. On the whole we must all come, each with utmost zeal in his heart, each with some kind of program and scheme of action in his head. My plan is for transmitting those Prospectuses with a lithographed circular to all the four winds. The preliminary of all, however, I should think is that each pay down a sovereign, to cover expenses!

Every day except one I have gone to ride at two o'clock: it is, as I said, the established practice. Mrs Carlyle still coughs, close prisoner, under Influenza, one of the ugliest jailors. My bath of Torpor, accompanied with violent riding, will do me good by and by.

Two o'clock the established practice!

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle