January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 27 January 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560127-TC-JF-01; CL 31: 15-16


Chelsea, 27 jany, 1856—

Dear Forster,—I shall not get to you on Monday Evg after all; we seem destined never to get done with this paltry business!1

The faithless Actuary Brydges, for the second time, does not keep his promise: he was to send me, or bring me, on Friday Evg last, his answers to my three simple questions, that I might be ready for you next night (which was then the state of our bargain): on Friday Evg nothing came; yesterday, still more to my surprise, nothing came;—nor has anything today. And, except at his Office (presumably) before 4 o'clock,—all shut today,—I know not where to find the faithless Brydges!—— It is probable he will come or send tomorrow; but I dare not, on that basis, engage. Let the thing lie over till he do come or send, and fairly resolve me on those preliminary points?

I will write again tomorrow; and hope to be able to appoint Tuesday or Wednesday. “May the Lord put an end unto all cruel wars,

“And send peace and contentment to all British tars!”—as I have heard lame sailors hoarsely sing in my young days.2 Alas, alas!—

Your ever truly /

T. Carlyle

I had an Answer from Browning (excellently successful), who mentions you and your promotion3 with the fit loyalty and affection—