April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 30 June 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480630-TC-JF-01; CL 23: 58-59


[30 June 1848]

Dear Forster,

I myself know nothing of the famed M. Chopin;1 but here is a Criticism upon some performance of his, and two very excellent friends of mine2 (much interested in Chopin, whom they consider a man of great modesty and moral worth as well as talent) are very anxious to see it in some Newspaper, next Sunday,—in the Examiner, of course, before all other Newpapers. I have undertaken to introduce it to you;—and for the rest, only that you will decide honestly, Yes or No, as your real judgement of the case is.3

The Writer of it I am also (under seal of secrecy) permitted, on my suggestion, to name to you: The Revd A. Scott; a very superior man, and very well known to me this long while.

Do as you find good, therefore;—and faustum sit [good luck]. This is to go by special messenger, as I suppose there is no time to be lost at this hour of Friday,—alas, it is Friday! Is there any hope for us this week?

Come and see me soon. The Macready4 was all right—

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle