August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO E. P. CLARK; 18 May 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470518-TC-EPC-01; CL 21:212.


Chelsea, 18 May, 1847

My dear Sir,

I am delighted that you have formally undertaken this business of mine with the Wiley-and-Putnam people.1 I shall henceforth fling it altogether off my shoulders, and leave it very thankfully upon another man's,—as if it were henceforth no business of mine, but one of your's! Pray consider that as literally the case:—and do what you consider to be wisest for my behoof, and for that of Fair-play as represented by me in this matter; and do not trouble yourself with making me reports &c, except when there is something definite to communicate, or in still rarer cases (likely to be very rare, I think!) when I may seem likely to have some specific light, preferable to what you yourself possess, on some particular matter.

No “question” from Mr Wiley to me about “Cromwell” or anything else, has ever been heard of here: but on mentioning the thing to Mr Putnam (in a Note about some Liverpool Book-parcel of mine), he sends me the enclosed response, which at least sounds altogether satisfactory.— I, with great pleasure, leave them and their affair altogether to you; who are much fitter to deal with them, and will, I have no doubt at all, do whatsoever is wise and just in regard to the matter;—and that is precisely my sole wish in regard to it.

Will you be so good as put that sealed Note into the Post-office: I think your cover will carry it free as far as Boston.—Always truly Yours

T. Carlyle

E. P. Clark Esq