July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 20 March 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480320-JWC-JF-01; CL 22: 273


[20 or 21 March 1848]

Not Thursday dear Mr Forster—C. dines with Emerson at the Barings on Thursday.— Tomorrow night do come—Witherington Hights1 or any think! Being in the Strand on Saturday—per Omnibus—and a-passing of Chapman Bookseller's door, I bethought me to go in and ask news of our Half Sisters that I might write such to their Parent—

Chapman was not in the Shop and I sent for him “to answer me a single question.” He did not appear but sent for me to walk up—I followed a shopman up two pairs of stairs and there was handed over to a maid who led me up another flight and deposited me in the arms of—Emerson! who stood waiting to receive me without his hat—and called me “a Noble Child” for coming so far to see him, and would not let me explain that I had not come to see him—far from it—but conducted me to his apartments where nothing seemed any longer possible for me but just to make him a regular half hours call—

You will understand I had gone to the wrong Chapman's—and he not knowing me fancied I must be come for Emerson who lodges with him!!2

Ever yours /


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