The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO EDWARD CHAPMAN ; 18 May 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530518-TC-EC-01; CL 28: 144


Chelsea, 18 May, 1853—

Dear Sir,

Too surely that is the Tieck;—and there is something pathetic in my hearing of his death1 just when I was about executing the small command he had given me!

I have been looking into these Miscellanies; and it seems to me, there is no doubt we ought to begin with the Johnson,—omitting that preliminary article called Biography.2 Bosworth proposes now to publish “D. F.'s Lecture on the Nigger Question,”3 as a separate bit of sixpenny Trash, in these days of rampant Uncletommery: I am distinctly of opinion you had better have nothing to do with that affair at least; and so I am thinking to let B. have his way,—for the Piece is heartily true in its way, and capable of being useful just now, tho' Uncle Tom and Co think it far otherwise!—

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I expect soon to receive a Waste Copy of Johnson &c; and make it ready for the Printer—