July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO W. E. FORSTER ; 22 January 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480122-TC-WEF-01; CL 22: 228-229


Alverstoke, 21 [22] jany / 1848—

Dear Forster,—There is the required Billet:1 you will find the Nation Office not far from the Bank of Ireland, on the right bank of the Liffey,—or in general by inquiring of any civilized person in Dublin. Duffy's house I cannot designate from memory; but of course the Nation people can,—or indeed I suppose he naturally comes daily to the Office where his work lies.

My visit hither has not been what we call successful at all; in fact I have got little by it yet but an ugly cold, and much tedium from fashionable wit and donothingism: neither has my Wife yet been able to follow; and if, as I think likely by the complexion of the weather, she give us notice tomorrow that her project is renounced, I too am likely to renounce, and be home again on Monday if not earlier. Free at least from French beds, and the trotting of continual valets,—with liberty also to smoke within doors!

It is now one in the morning; at which hour I write to save our last London post for the week.

Milnes was here till Monday last; as fat, as social and as sophistical as ever: he was about writing to you with a project for meeting Emerson at Fryston.— It is time that I end,—my pen too being in such a state!

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle