January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 5 February 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420205-TC-JF-01; CL 14: 37-38


Chelsea, Saturday [5 February 1842]

Dear Forster,

We will stand good for Tuesday with ready heart,—and the Sorrow of my Life here tells me withal that she is now off from Mrs Jameson for this time!1 So we will come alone, and hear the singing and the comedying, and be as blithe as the Fates allow.

Many kind thanks for the trouble you have taken, with such success, about the Hero-Book. I think there is great chance I shall accept that offer. Your Chapman and Hall seem to be of another fibre than poor Fraser was!2 Their offer is at any rate an indubitable benefit to me; and I shall not forget them, nor it,—nor you, I hope. Before Tuesday I will endeavour to bring Fraser's Successor3 to a bearing, and hope then to be able to tell you something.

Will you go and protect poor Cochrane tonight from the fangs of Christie?4 Poor man: I cannot get up to help[;] one would like ill to see him torn entirely in pieces, tho' a little worrying may be wholesome and quicken him a little. Poor Cochrane! Fell Christie[!]

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

“½ past 4 Tuesday”