April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 18 October 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18481018-TC-JF-01; CL 23: 136-137


Chelsea 18 octr, 1848

Dear Forster,

Here is the Aesculapian talisman again; with thanks for your care of us: I have had the “xii pillulae” constructed accordingly; and keep them (with the 2, which I did not sit upon) as a propugnaculum [defense] agt the Asiatic Devil,—who, I hope, after all, will not shew face.1

There is nothing going on here but the old battle against Chaos, transacted under the worst omens, but happily under hatches almost all of it. By and by there will come daylight, I know “Let them alone, and they'll come home,—and bring their tails behind them,”2 it is to be expected!— — I hardly believe anything will ever come of the Twopenny-Trash scheme; the nature of the beast (shunning marketplaces and the glare of light, loving tobacco-smoke and private autocracy) forbids it; however, we shall see.3

Do you mean actually to keep your word? Suppose you came on Sunday next, at 5 o'clock precise; there will be some frugal adequate slices of mutton, seasoned with welcome, and talk ad libitum concerning the universe generally. Tell us that you will, and so clear your conscience!

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

Do you know a new Book called “Lindo on the Spanish Jews” (or some such name), or can you get me any account of it?— Fit for the L. Library?4 Cochrane cannot say.