The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE ; 26 March 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400326-TC-WDC-01; CL 12: 87-88


Chelsea, Thursday [26? March 1840]—

My dear Sir,

Tomorrow Night I shall be at home, and very glad to see you. Forster also would do no harm;—at any rate, perhaps you could see him beforehand, and get out of him what news he had? I might have Craik here to meet you also; but I do not think he would have much to suggest that were definite. At all events, come yourself!

My notion of this conclave at Milnes's is that each come with his own notion in some sort of utterable shape, and then utter it; whereby a general notion; and scheme of procedure, may be articulated and got together. It were good, if we had the complete list of parties present, to consider beforehand, Whether we shall make a Chairman, Who shall be Chairman, Who the Provisional Committeemen shall be, &c: these points we cannot settle here; but these, and others, it will be well that we try to foreshadow for ourselves, so far as possible.1

Come you therefore, with Forster or with word from him,—with whomsoever or with word from whomsoever you find good: if I fall in with Craik I will ask him too.

We have Tea here at six; but I suppose that is far too early for you? From half-past six there is no Tea more, and the decks are clear.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle