1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 13 May 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550513-TC-JF-01; CL 29: 310-311


Chelsea, 13 May, 1855—

Dear Forster,— I have no names to suggest,1 beyond those you are sure to have got (I saw Macaulay one night, who told me he had signed): indeed you know far better than I who they are that ought to sign, and how to get at them and make them do it,—more power to your elbow!

As to Palmerston, I had the vague notion that somebody ought to go to him personally on the business, and if possible get a Yes, or even a No, out of him without waste of time: this would be a great aid to us; but I suppose, is not easy to achieve,— perhaps not possible or suitable?

Miss Coutts's Gift is beautiful and excellent:2 I hope it may be made the nucleus (if we can so contrive it) for others from other quarters:—the only precaution is, not to flurry these poor old souls out of their old track, or this to the least degree possible. On Wednesday, human wit (aided by tobacco) ought to be able to settle many things!

Adieu dear Forster, till then. I owe you I know not what for having taken that Palmerston business on your own back so to speak: really a kind and charitable act, you may believe me as well as the ancient Goddaughter!3

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle