April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO EDWARD CHAPMAN; 2 December 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18491202-TC-EC-01; CL 24: 303


Chelsea, 2 Decr 1849—

Dear Sir,

Mr John Davis, Mr Robson's Reader, was of essential service, and did a good deal of work which could not in any sense be called typographical, in regard to those “Lists” adjoined to the Second Volume of the new Cromwell. The “Committee Lists” he as good as did from the foundation (my own man having quite failed there); in the “Long-Parlt List” too he was very useful by his patient and exact revisal of the Ms. in face of the Original Document it had been formed from.1

Both these Pieces I consider to be of real worth, and to enhance sensibly the value of the Book both intrinsically and as an article of sale. Neither of them, as you are aware, nor the “Squire Papers” which precedes them, was any part of my Bargain with you; the whole of these “Adjuncts” are quite a volunteer addition:—so that I am not quite clear who it will be in your opinion, or even in the nature of things, that ought to pay Mr Davis for this trouble of his. Paid, however, he very indisputably must be: and if you say it is I that should pay, why then it shall be I.

The matter being referred to my own valuation by Mr Davis, I will therefore request you to pay him Five Pounds for those extra services; and to charge, if you find it proper, the whole or any part of that sum to my account when we come to settle.

I am bound farther to testify that Mr Davis went into the very bottom of the inquiry (in regard to those “Committee Lists”), and did his work like a man of real accuracy and faithfulness.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle