April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 23 November 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18481123-TC-JN-01; CL 23: 158-159


Chelsea, 23 Novr, 1848—

My dear Sir,

Thanks for your Goethe Genealogy.1 I suppose we must keep it among our “family secrets,” not to be lightly disclosed to the profane world,—at least not till it can assist in that grand cause, the “Emancipation of Tailors,” which, far more than Negro or any other Emancipation, is to mark the final triumph of Liberty in this Planet! Surely in the History of Tailors there is no grander fact than this of the poor Schneider-Bursch [tailor's apprentice] entering Frankfort Gates, the Schlagbaum [turnpike] perhaps stingily lifted; and such an Olympian Product lying dormant in him! But the world is full of such histories, if we knew them.

When you come next to Chelsea, you will tell me who your Authority is,2 and where his very orderly information comes from; so that the record may go its farther journeys in an authentic shape. The name of the Hôtel too would be better for a slight elucidation,—tho' I think it must be “Weidenhof”?— — This done we will put your paper among the Archives.3

His Majesty of Prussia seems to have taken the mad bull by the horns.4 I hope there is Hohenzollern blood enough in the heart of him, for persistence to the death in that bold stroke of policy! He ought really to achieve that, or else to die: other manful course I can see none for him. Democracy bridled,—and the things done, wisely, valiantly, justly, which Democracy was blindly and insanely striving for;—if so much (which indeed is a great deal) do lie in the King and his Forces, he may play a grand part in Germany yet. But alas, alas—!—

Have you anything to do with Mechanics' Institutes, or the like class of objects, about Nottingham?5 I have fallen in with a man here called Maccall, an Ex-unitarian of considerable faculties, of high aim, and in a very untowardly position, who might perhaps be worth your notice some day, on that or other grounds.

With many kind regards, and the hope to see you before long.

Yours always truly, /

T. Carlyle