July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 12 November 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18551112-TC-JF-01; CL 30: 111-112


Chelsea, 12 Novr, 1855—

Dear Forster,

By the treasonous neglect of the last Postman (difft from the first) on Saturday night, who stuck your Letter into the Box, and proceeded in maiden meditation fancy-free1 (worse luck to him!)—I did not get the welcome document till today, this minute 1 p.m.! Yesterday, at 2, I was on my road to you, of my own accord; but the Philistines intervened before I got across the threshold, and, in an hour and half, it had become impossible!

I have written to Grote Prescott & Co, as you see inclosed: forward if it be right. My Wife is going today to Coutts's I believe, with my own subscription (not to be too far behind Dickens & you); comes also a wretched 2 guineas I have had from the Isle of Wight.— Let it be settled we meet Wedny 4½ p.m., Athenm as before.

Any word from Lichfield?2 The Coutts subscriptn is not bad: please ascertain on Wednesday what it actually amounts to. I begin to feel we shall certainly have to print these circulars,3 and proceed on the “aggressive method” (as poor Chalmers4 used to call it). Our sublime Colleagues in signing ought to be the first attacked in that method, and £5 apiece extorted from them.

Adieu, dear F. till Wedy. I am positively ashamed of having dragged you into this matter:—but in fact it was your own movement when I first spoke that encouraged me to move, and (properly speaking) that set the whole enterprise in motion. So that you have only yourself to thank, after all,—and will be more cautious another time!

Yours ever / T. Carlyle5