1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOHN FORSTER; 28 June 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550628-TC-JF-01; CL 29: 342-343


Chelsea 27 [28] june 1855—

Dear Forster,

I have just heard from the old Miss Lowe that she has got her £100, from “Wainwright at the Treasury”:1 on inquiring of Lord Stanley, I had got to understand that there would be an Order (naturally) left there; had instructed Miss Lowe accordingly; and this is the result.— The Letter, with its strange handwriting and tenor, jumping about like a Kangaroo, shall be duly sent; but in the meanwhile I despatch it, as a fillip or memento, to Lady Stanley, from whom I can get no answer abt Lady Palmerston,—and who indeed evidently has none, nor can get any, from the latter Ladyship.— I have not seen Lowe (of the Times)2 or anybody; but I have a kind of hope this poor straggling affair will come all right in the end,—if we have patience with it.

Here appended is an Excerpt from one of those Books you left for my study here. It is really a clever thing: but there are 4 points in it that remain dark: do you know anybody that could with ease put them in a luminous condition? Some Dennis Le Merchent, some Jesse,3 some I know not whom?— Don't bother much about it: I will manage one way or other (if I adopt the thing at all, in the long run) to make out what is needful.

On second thoughts, I will detain this altogether for 24 hours; tagraggery enough besets the Friday4 of my poor Forster apart from this! Adieu; bear a hand; and “Steady!” as the drill-serjeants say. Yours ever— T. Carlyle

Friday morning. No news,—except that we are all a day older:—let us hope there is also a day's work more got flung behind us. Forward, therefore; and again “Steady!”

T. C.