October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO EDWARD CHAPMAN ; 28 January 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460128-TC-EC-01; CL 20: 114-115


Chelsea, Wednesday [28 January 1846]—

Dear Sir,

I have to bid you give my very kind thanks to the Gentleman who furnished those little French Documents of Cromwell.1 In some work or other I shall perhaps find room for them: the first of the three, if it had been in English, or one were perfectly sure of the translation, would be rather curious, dated as it is. I suppose there is no doubt of the authenticity of your friend, tho' he perhaps would rather not have his name mentioned?—

I have been so busy with Proofs and Cromwell rubbish of various kinds, I have not found time to write, till now when I am otherwise bound to find it. I am getting ready the Sheets of the new edition for America, if Mr Emerson see good to publish a new one there. I have volunteered to send them duly to him every month. The Packet sails on the 3d,—that is to say, a Letter put into our Post-Office that day will be forwarded to Liverpool by the evening mail (I think that is it), and go by the Packet on the morrow.

I will direct Robson to send you all the sheets he has ready on the evening of the 2d next (and following months, till we get done). And now in the meanwhile could you be so good as ascertain how they are to go,—and send them off in due time, addressed “R. Waldo Emerson Esq / Concord / Boston / Massachusetts”;—and let me know on or before the morning of the third by what conveyance they are gone.— I remember he spoke of your Namesake in Newgate Street;2 that Mr Chapman too knows me, and is a faithful obliging man: he if you would speak a word with him, would do excellently well, and perhaps save you any farther trouble in the matter but what your Clerks could undertake. At all events, choose some safe way. And for one thing let us have no more to do with the Wily and Put-on-him Firm,3—in that or in any other matter! We have had enough of acquaintance with them. I believe; and can easily extend our connexion with that genus of persons, if we ever incline it!—

Of course I shall be very glad to talk with you on such a matter as the Miscellanies.4 There has a certain small addition (about the ¼ of a volume perhaps) accumulated since the last printing. Did you never think of a che[ap] edition of that Book? Yours always truly

T. Carlyle