October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO EDWARD CHAPMAN ; 31 December 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451231-TC-EC-01; CL 20: 86


Chelsea, 31 Decr, 1845—

Dear Sir,

I find you have done an excusable but to me every unfortunate transaction. What I said, on the occasion referred to, which I well enough remember, was by no means an authorization of you to sell an edition of my Book in America or elsewhere; it was a mere private statement of my own private purpose Not to trouble my friend Emerson with editing or bargaining for me, but to send him a copy of my Book so soon as it had become possible, and to leave him to do therewith according to his own friendly pleasure. What his friendly pleasure was, and would have been, is now very evident.

Indisputably the “£10” belong to me: and if you will read the enclosed Letter, which arrived too late for being made use of, you will see that the market-price of Mssr. Wiley and Putnam's “two editions” in America is liker £100 (or more) than £10! However, by that “strong measure,” they have us now in their hand.

I will request you to shew that Letter to the Mssr. Wiley and Putnam here; and to say from me that if they will behave like honourable men, here is the clear market-value of the goods they have smuggled from me: let them still give me these terms offered by Messrs Homan & Ellis, and I will still say, It is well. If not, they can keep their £10 bargain, and I will say, It is not well!—

Be so good as return me that New York Letter.1

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle