October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO MARY RICH ; 21 October 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451021-TC-MRI-01; CL 20: 33-34


Chelsea, 21 Octr, 1845—

Dear Mrs Rich,

Certainly it is a very lamentable piece of mismanagement this that has befallen Mlle Daulion in the matter of the Cromwell sheets: the most insignificant subaltern part of the business failing, the whole has failed;— like the death of a General and loss of the campaign caused by the neglect of a horse-shoe nail!

However, what I have now to say is that Mlle Daulion is to keep those sheets and do with them whatsoever she will; that the Book is to be out here about the 15th of next month; and that I cannot enter into any negociation with M. Amyot or another concerning a joint-stock or simultaneous publication;1—which fact I will as a last service request Mlle Daulion to communicate to that gentn with all politeness; and so to let the matter end.

Will you dear Mrs Rich be so kind as manage this for me; and then we, at least, shall be out of the affair. I have lost my English middle-man's Address, and so must trouble you to that length.

Darwin and Mrs Wedgwood were here yesterday; both well, all well; but I unluckily was out. I only came from Scotland two days ago; and have much confusion lying here, and many petty things to do,—and am in very great haste at present; with a very bad pen too!

With many kind regards to yourself and Party, with the hope to see again before long,

Dear Mrs Rich / Yours ever truly

T. Carlyle