April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 6 July 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480706-TC-JF-01; CL 23: 62-63


[6 July 1848]

Dear Forster,—Emerson and I are going off to see Stonehenge tomorrow:1 I wished to ask you about Hazzlitt's (and Dickens's and your) Inn; a weighty inquiry,—which, however, I will answer by guess: “Little Ambesbury?”2

A more important part of my errand, was to speak with you about a certain Ms. on Shakspeare's Sonnets, by Masson (whom you once saw at Chelsea), which Chapman lately had in hand, and I guess consulted you about.3 Has the Ms. any worth; and if so, what? Masson is a man of real parts; but I fear this Shakspeare Enterprise is not a very promising one. However, the poor fellow is very anxious about it; would very fain see it printed, I find; and cannot rest till he have exhausted all possibilities. Would the Longmans have any chance to try it?4— On the whole, is it really a book of merit? Does it prove the Sonnet hypothesis, or leave it still hypothetical? If you can do anything for poor Masson and it, I shall be really glad. At all events, you can tell me what degree of worth and likelihood seems to be in it.

I am at home all this evg, but I fear there is no chance of communicating with you till, on or after Sunday Evg when we return.

Yours always /

T. Carlyle

Thursday 2. p.m.