1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 15 January 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540115-TC-JN-01; CL 29: 18-19


Chelsea, 15 jany 1854—

Dear Neuberg,

Did you destroy the rejected Pieces in that Bundle of Scrawls?1 If so, it is no matter. But if not so, I remember one or two scraps, of a more narrative sort, which I should still wish to have. Something about Friedrich I and his broken back, and coronation produced thereby;2 about the pinch of snuff taken on that solemn occasion: likewise two or three lines about the Original Hohenzollern3 (Hightoll-man);4 and a Myth of the Welfs:5—I bethink me of nothing more, nor is the value of these worth mentioning if they are lost; but if not, I suppose you had better bring them with you next time you come. These 4 pieces would (if discoverable) be welcomer to me, than the whole chaotic mass entrusted to me to burn! There was next to nothing but disquisition (helpless incipiences of disquisition) in it; and narrative alone is the permissible thing in my enterprise.

You will find Varnhagen's Bulow if you care to take it with you: it is worth reading, after all, being very easily read;—and you can accept Dennewitz, Gross-Beeren6 and the other Battles, as Prussian Donnybrooks7 at worst.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle

Do not forget to return me that Letter of Nesham's: I sought out the sentence in question (p. 26, in 3d edition?),8—and knew not whether to laugh or cry at the letter and it conjoined!—