October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 26 April 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570426-TC-JF-01; CL 32: 134-135


Chelsea, 26 April, 1857

Dear Forster,

I think it will be better that I come to you on Wednesday Evg. Madame1 will let me appear in rough coat I will come riding, and be off again before 9½ o'clock;—fortified with your instructions, and a “chop” plus two glasses (not more) from that hospitable bottle, the memory of which is dear to me.— I recollect the No, “40. Montague Square”:2 shall I guess the hour to be 6? If yes, do not write at all, and it shall be so settled.

If you had opportunity, you might ask your Printer3 for a rough guess at the expence: Two Volumes Hist. 8vo (à la Macaulay)4 450 pages each, with a frontispiece engraving (Portrait) to each, and say three small maps,—or these latter items we could guess for ourselves. His answer might help us a little. Robson must print the Book,5 for he alone can read it; therefore do not give your man much trouble. I will ask Robson himself,—but, alas, when?— — On the whole, I find I had better have £100 less from Chapman on condition of his taking all that bother off me;—and also I find that we ought to come to some decision; and fairly get to work.

Adieu dear F. till Wednesday at 6:—or till such other hour as you appoint, if it be necessary to write and appoint another.

With many kind regards to the Lady,

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle