July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 20 December 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18551020-TC-JF-01; CL 30: 143


The Grange, Alresford 20 decr, 1855—

Dear Forster,

I received your Note this morning; and have to regret, among other things, the impossibility of Thursday. We came out hither on Monday;1 rather in bad case, some of us, which does not improve hitherto;—the program is, we are to stay about four weeks: it is possible one may amend slightly during that time in the brisk frosty air, and quiet of the Country? I do not know: there are certain people who go about on their legs like others, and yet belong intrinsically to the Hospital of Incurables!—

As to that affair of the Lowes, I perceive it must just stand over for a while, and take the benefit of your excellent industries in behalf of it: about the time of my projected return, there may be some farther fruit of your missives over England;2 and at any rate the thing will be about mature by that time. I directed Brydges the Actuary to go out to Deptford, and make the due business inquiries as to age &c; so that he may be able to tell us definitely what can be done with the money gathered, and what Office will be the best for us to transact with in regard to all that. So that if we had Dickens's sanction (which I hope he will soon return to give us) we may at once knit up that ravelled sleeve;3—in no haste to open another like it!— — I received your Six Circular Reports; rapidly distributed them to different intended victims. If nothing come of it,—what can we do?—nothing must come.4

Dear Forster you see what a pen I have: good pens, tolerable writing apparatus, have left the world! I will only send my Christmas greetings to Dickens thro' you; put my veto upon Christmas dinners to poor inadequate ailing wretches like us two; and remain, in hope of a meeting soon,

Yours always /

T. Carlyle

(Remember my Cromwell)5