April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


JWC TO JOHN FORSTER; 31 October 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18491000-JWC-JF-01; CL 24: 275-276


[late October? 1849]

My dear Mr Forster

1000 thanks (as Lady Ashburton writes it) this book is even prettier than the one you gave me formerly and I am quite natural enough still, in spite of the Diogenes1 school I “sit under,” to admire pretty things and like to have them.

But what that boy meant by going about the other book on his own basis I cannot imagine or rather I can imagine too well for his credit.— When he was going with the bird the first day, he sent the maid to ask if he should wait for an answer and I first said no—then called after her that he might bring the novel if it was come home—you had promised me the Caxtons you remember.

Next day being in the City he went on his own inspiration entirely, to ask for “the book“—and a pretty scold I gave him for his officiousness—as the boy being an impudent greedy boy, whom I only employ faute de mieuex, I have no doubt he went back to see whether he could not grab a shilling from you, being quite sufficiently paid already.

If ever I have a clean little house in the country—out of this cursed smoke I mean to take out all these fruits and flowers and put them in little gilt frames and adorne the walls of a boudoir with them—a sweet idea. hoping to see you on Thursday

Your affectionate /