January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 18 May 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420518-TC-JF-01; CL 14: 192


[18–21? May 1842]

Dear Forster,

Thanks, thanks to you,—and a blessing rather upon Longman: it will not be I, it will be he now that the Devil will get for neglecting to do this Service in our generation: behold, I was ready! And a horribly ugly job it would have been.

Upon the whole we will not speak any more to Booksellers at present: if I do find any “History” or “Pamphletary History” to write on this matter, why should I not write it myself, all my own way, independently of any Timber-head whatsoever? The gods have not forbidden me absolutely,—except it be by saying: Be lazy, be cowardly, be stupid! Alas, that is their heaviest curse by far.

On Sunday Evg, I have actually some likelihood to be at Macre[ad]y's; and shall hope to meet you there.

Yours with many thanks / T. Carlyle

Do you happen to have Barrow's Travels in Lombardy?1 Mazzini wants it much.