The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO E. P. CLARK; 19 August 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510819-TC-EPC-01; CL 26: 132


Great Malvern, Worstershire / (for Chelsea), 19 Augt, 1851—

Dear Sir,

I have this morning received a letter from Mr Emerson, by which it appears that you, or you and he, have kindly been negociating with Messrs Phillips and Sampson about a certain Life of Sterling,1 of which I promised to send you the sheets for a purpose of that kind. Mr Emerson says you were to write to me “at once”; which probably you have done, tho' the Letter has not yet got to me, having missed the Packet perhaps, or otherwise a little belated itself.

However that may be, as everything is now ready here, and no time is to be lost, I decide on sending you the Sheets at once; hereby authorizing you to make what bargain you will, in regard to them with Messrs Phillips and Sampson, or with any other Booksellers or Bookseller whatsoever, under full engagement from me to stand by it as if I myself had made it.

This I think is the essential of the matter; and you can now proceed without delay or farther correspondence of any kind. My Bookseller here does not intend publishing, I believe, for a month at any rate; but if in your expected Letter, or authentically otherwise, I find it so required, I will bind the Bookseller here to give you a month's start.

Along with the Proofsheets comes a very small old Book for Mr Emerson;2 which pray deliver to him.

And so, wishing you all speed, and returning many sincere thanks for your goodness now and heretofore, I remain always

Yours most sincerely /

T. Carlyle.

E. P. Clark Esq, Boston, Masstts