January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO CHAPMAN & HALL ; 6 January 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430106-TC-CAH-01; CL 16: 8


Chelsea, 6 jany, 1843—


A Lady of my acquaintance wants a copy of the French Revolution1 to be sent her “without additional cost” to the care of “some Bookseller in Worcester,” or what were still better, “to Lamb, the Keeper of the Library in Great Malvern”: She will pay for it at either of these places; but wants it I think almost immediately; and does not expect to have any carriage to pay. I suppose it will be possible for you to manage this,—even tho' the Magazine Monday2 is over? I send here a cover with the Lady's Address: will you insert in that, so soon as the Book is fairly off, an announcement of the fact, a prediction where it will arrive and when;—that is to say, at whose shop in Worcester, if not in Malvern, the Lady can call for her French Revolution, and pay for the same.

I do not understand that the Book is to be bound; but I am specially charged to be careful and most careful that it be “a handsome copy”— as it is intended for a gift! I suppose there is small choice in the “handsomeness”; but you will select the handsomest, and at any rate a perfectly clean one.

The only doubt I apprehend is as to your means of immediate conveyance; for the Lady seems to be about quitting Gt Malvern very soon, and coming back to Town.

If the payment in Wor'stershire occasion any difficulty, I give you another Address, which will instantly convert that part of the business into a payment in Town;—as follows on the other side of the leaf:

“Miss Wilson / 1. Upper Eccleston Street / Belgrave Square.”3

I hope you perfectly understand this momentous mysterious Transaction, and will accomplish it successfully without delay!—

I remain always / Most truly yours / T. Carlyle

Mssr. Chapman & Hall.