April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO WILLIAM SQUIRE; 28 April 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490428-TC-WSQ-01; CL 24: 38-39


Chelsea, 28 April / 1849—

Dear Sir,

Here is a Newspaper Article which has come back to me, from the Country, in the shape of a Tract:1 you may read this Copy, and then burn it,—no answer needed.

I do not mean to urge you farther about that Peterborough piece of the Manuscript:2 I only mean to say again, with all distinctness, that if it lay quite at my disposal, I should not think of publishing it at all under present circumstances; and that, if you do entrust me with a copy of it, I will with great readiness pledge my word not to publish it at any time without your express permission.

On the whole, the thing is not of any interest to me, or not of much, for its own sake, as matters now are; for I have got into quite different subjects of inquiry in late years:—but for authenticating the Squire Letters, which are already printed, and have raised such doubt among the idle part of the public, this Piece of the original Journal, the one piece now extant, seems to me the only effectual means that now remain,—and certainly I should regret that this too went the way of the rest, and were not safely preserved in some way or other.

Pray see therefore if you cannot send me a copy, on any terms you choose to prescribe, I shall receive it with thankfulness, and keep it (I should think, without difficulty) from ever molesting you more.

Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle