The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO EDWARD CHAPMAN ; 13 May 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530513-TC-EC-01; CL 28: 139


Chelsea, 13 May, 1853—

Dear Sir,

I do not very well understand what your proposal is; not having known anything at all of the Railway Reading till now. It seems to me not so cheap as it should be, this Magic and Witchcraft:1 For the rest, I should consider it greatly preferable, both for me and what readers I may have, to come forth on a basis of my own, in the Railway Stalls or elsewhere.

However, here is Bosworth's Letter,—not so munificent an offer, after all, now that I come to look at it thro' the Cocker spectacles: 6000 at 2/6, if we take the fifth penny for the Author's behoof—?—I answered Bosworth, I should be happy to treat with him about it, if he could get your consent. If your consent is given, and you do not like publishing a volume of that kind, then once more, why not let Bosworth do it?2 He is as a volunteer pilot-engine, while the bigger train is getting ready: if he is blown up, the bigger train won't start, and B. alone suffers!— It is an enterprise for which I have been dunned a good deal these four or five years; and now here is a course flung wide open for it.

Of a certainty, I shall need to “see the Proofs!” Nay I have not in the least considered what Essays would be suitablest for such a Volume; a point on which Bth is doubtless already clear.— —On the whole, unless your own full view of the matter equals that of Bosworth on my behalf (as to payment, separate volume &c), I will ask and advise that you shove me over to him in this small case,—let him be blown up or not!3 And as soon as you can; for I have not yet been able to give him a quite definite answer.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle