July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 14 January 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480114-TC-JF-01; CL 22: 209-210


Alverstoke, Friday [14 January 1848]—

Many thanks, dear Forster: you have written a capital article, which ought to settle the thing, if there could be any settlement of such things. But will smoke dissipate itself by one's firing cannon-balls thro' it? People will at least let it alone, after that!

I have read the columns carefully over; and find nothing but mere errors of the press (probably corrected already) to note,—all of which too I have noted; and two other miniscule [?] changes of phrase, which, unless you think them improvements, and they come quite in time, do not mind; for they are of no intrinsic significance at all.

On the whole, do not let us send any Newspaper to poor W. S.:1 he will see it at any rate, and be still more comforted, and not frightened at all, by its coming spontaneously. But if you will take or send a Copy down to Chelsea, tomorrow or Sunday, it will be a welcome treat there,—for my Copy comes hither, and cannot return till Monday. However, do not mind that, if you are busy. My poor Dame, I believe, is mostly or altogether upstairs still; getting out of her cold, John says, and doing well,—but I think still in her own room, and weakly enough. Whether she is to follow me hither, still hangs; and I rather fear the negative, but keep it private. In that case my stay too is likely to be the shorter.

Hitherto I have not got on well here; having got all flurried by the cold railway, by &c &c,—and never attained to any reasonable talent of sleep since I left home. Milnes and I are the only guests at present; but more are coming, this day and other days,—at whom, in my present shivery state, I rather shudder! But courage: the road home is always open!— Well fare you, dear Forster. You shall hear of me when I return

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle