The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 21 March 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400321-TC-JF-01; CL 12: 83


Chelsea, 21 March, 1840.

Scarcely was my lost Note well in your hands, when there arrived a new announcement from Milnes, that, owing to unavoidable necessities, the day of meeting was altered to Saturday next!1 Happily I had not then written to any other but yourself.

Milnes's “necessities” were not without weight; at any rate he is off to Cambridge today, and there is no remonstrating. We will nail him to Saturday (this day week, before 2 o'clock, not after); and do you make the due change in the warning to Bulwer, to yourself, to Fox; and for the rest,—no change at all, if it be not an increase of emphasis in the other conditions of the summons!

Two o'clock is close at hand, and the ostler with led horse; but no human companion, only Brown-study and Atra-cura, [black care]2 behind the saddle, to ride with me!

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle