The Collected Letters, Volume 11


TC TO WILLIAM TAIT ; 11 July 1839; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18390711-TC-WT-01; CL 11: 151


Templand, Thornhill, Dumfries / 11th july 1839—

My dear Sir,

I have some thought of collecting and reprinting the two Portions of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister; they have both been long out of Print. The latter Portion, Meister's Travels, as you may remember, was first published, as the fourth volume of our German Romance, many years ago, in concert with you and your Brother.1 I do not suppose you would now wish at all to be concerned farther with such a business as this present one; but before taking any step whatever in it, I beg to ask formally whether my supposition is correct; and in case of its being correct, to request your kind permission to look out for another publisher.

We have quitted London and its torrid pavements some ten days ago; and are got hither into the green country, meaning to be mainly here for some weeks to come. I should like well to see Edinburgh, and old friends there; but know not whether it will do, this time.

With many kind remembrances / I remain always, / Yours very sincerely

Thomas Carlyle