TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 26 April 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510426-TC-JF-01; CL 26: 71
TC TO JOHN FORSTER
Chelsea, 26 April, 1851—
Many thanks. You are a courageous man to have read that crabbed Paper from beginning to end, as I see you have done! I would not have undertaken it for a good consideration.
Not one of your criticisms but seems to me to have a clear element of truth in it; I can recognise the fidelity of what you say both in what is favourable and what is adverse. Many thanks for such attention and such friendly candour. Unless I am a fool, I shall attend to every one of these remarks whenever I revise the Paper. That is a fact;—and so, you perceive your struggle thro' the jungle of pothooks will not be entirely in vain.
My indifference towards this poor Ms. is, I believe, fully proportionate to its worth; and the question, Print or not print? tends (backed by indolence and a reflex of the Baltic Isles) to resolve itself in the negative. However, we shall see. Chapman has not yet pronounced; his word, of course, will go for something,—so many pounds sterling, that is. The will of Fate be done.
Why don't you come and see us, then? I am here every day, going out to walk about 3 p. m.; almost all evgs both of us are here; greedy for the sight of friendly faces and the sound of human news.
A strong rumour circulates to the effect that R. Milnes is about to wed. John Mill it seems has already wedded. Who shall sing these epithalamia?
Yours ever truly (in haste)