April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 19 December 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18481219-TC-JF-01; CL 23: 182


Chelsea, Tuesday Evg [19? December 1848]

Dear Forster,

A certain Mr Edward Strachey, a Cousin of the late C. Buller's,1 a good pious-minded valetudinarian young man, known to me this long while, and well esteemed for his own and his Mother's and other kindred's sake, has endeavoured to cheer his loneliness by writing an Essay on Hamlet,—which you here see in ipso corpore [in the original].2 He writes to beg expressly that I would “introduce it to the Editor of the Examiner.3 Heavens, that is easily done;—but what will that same Editor say of it when introduced! Most likely nothing? I will tell poor Strachey that I have done the feat of “introduction”; and that the Upper Powers, uncontrollable by mortal entreaty, are doing what they see fit in consequence.

Two weeks ago I glanced thro' the Essay myself; found it full of good intention; really very well as to execution too in its way;—“altogether very well”; and fit for pious souls, round a country fire, in a winter evening, if they had a taste for that kind of matter. Very well indeed!

And so I leave it with you.— When is there any chance of your being at Chelsea?

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle