January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 15 July 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420715-TC-JF-01; CL 14: 223


Chelsea, 15 july, 1842—

Dear Forster,

Did not you tell me you had generously got together a few guineas for me in behalf of what we call the “Begg Subscription,” Great Britain's gift to the Sister of Burns? Milnes and I are to meet on Wednesday, to combine the several fractions into some integer amount, and, sending it off to Chambers, wash our hands of the affair. On Wednesday this is to be: could you on Tuesday or sooner let me hear of you?1

I want also to know what you paid for your Wood's Athenae,2 that I may judge whether six guineas be a fair price for one that is offered to me,—unseen as yet, but described as “half-bound in Russia.”3

Dickens is come home, I observe. Congratulate him from me; and say I got his Circular, and will attend to it.4

The soul is nearly suffocated out of me by Civil-Wars Pamphlets!

Adieu.— Yours ever truly

T. Carlyle