April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 24 February 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490224-TC-JF-01; CL 23: 241


Chelsea, 24 feby, 1849—

Dear Forster,

John Chorley, a brother of Henry's and friend of mine, a most respectable, indeed superior man, and scrupulously or almost too scrupulously correct in all his duties to his fellow creatures in Clubs or elsewhere,—is now a candidate for admission to the Club named of Reform.1

The Ballot is to be on Wednesday next, ‘between 3 and 5 o'clock.’ The Proposer, Locke the M.P.,2 has in the interim fallen sick: the only risk Chorley can run is, it seems, that 20 persons may not ballot for him at all;—against him nobody can ballot!— Is not there a case here for the interference of a chivalrous soul? I could fancy you rushing down at the due hour, and on your own strength raising the whole needful Twenty, with the due white balls! Go yourself at any time as you love me and love to do a kind action!

Yours always (not always in such haste)

T. Carlyle