August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO JOHN CHAPMAN; 28 January 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470128-TC-JCH-01; CL 21:146-147.


Bay House, Alverstoke, / Hants, 28 jany 1847—

Dear Sir,

By a Letter we had yesterday from Miss Fuller, who is now in Paris, we learn that she has heard from Mr Emerson, and among other things, got authority from him to ask you for certain Copies of his Poems,1—“as many Copies as she likes” is the phrase.1 For the present she wants only Three copies; but these she seems very specially to want; and requests me that I will take measures with you to have them sent to her as soon [as]2 you possibly can. No doubt you know good ways of conveyance to Paris: Miss Fuller's Address there is, “Allée d'Antin No 23”; or, she says, it will answer to send the Parcel to the care of “Hottinguer & Co” (if I decipher right) “Rue Bergère,” to which House her Letters are usually directed.—— May I beg that you would, in one or the other of these ways, despatch the little Parcel for the Lady, and be so kind as announce, to me or to her, which way you have taken, and when the arrival is likely to be.

I received my own Copy of the beautiful little Book in question; for which I pray you accept many thanks3 I have brought it down hither with me, where are people with good faculty for enjoying such things. They find it very “aerial,” are occasionally provoked with its delicate deep evanescencies of meaning; and some admit with me that they discern true starlight in the thin corruscations, others not. You are sure enough to sell you[r] editio[n] I believe, for Emerson's English Public is enlarging. One of the best bits of news I have heard this long while, is that the Manchester People are about to bring him over to us in person before long.4— Believe me always

Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle