The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO EDWARD CHAPMAN ; 13 September 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500913-TC-EC-01; CL 25: 209-210


Scotsbrig, Ecclefechan, N.B. 13 Septr, 1850—

Dear Sir,

I have had your Account by me these ten days or more, and have run my eye over it, but not having any records here, or even a complete copy of the Pamphlets, I can make no hand of criticizing it. The most surprising item I yet find is the fact that I am assessed about a third of my wages for doing too much! But this also I suppose is partly according to the bargain,—partly, and we will hope, not wholly: when once the Account of No 8 comes, we will add the Pages of all the Pamphlets together, and dividing them by 8, whatever excess there is over the prescribed average of 48 pages for each,—for that I, of course, am liable. Altogether, in comparison with the toil and bother expended, it is as beggarly an account of empty boxes as I have lately [word illegible] in with! But we cannot help that.

In the meantime I wish you would call some morning at Chelsea (any time within a week or so), and give my wife a Draught for Fifty Pounds payable somewhere in London; and send me a do for what more of clear money you have in hand (crossing said “do” for the Banker's use): I will then by return of Post send you a receipt (or sign and return one if sent to me, which will be better);—and so we shall be ready for the next bout when it comes round.

I have just done reading Alton Locke, in these bright Septr solitudes; and am very glad to find it an article likely to be of benefit to various parties, you among the number. With kind regards to Forster if you see him, yours ever truly (in haste)

T. Carlyle

E. Chapman Esq. (186 Strand)