1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 26 October 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18541026-TC-JN-01; CL 29: 180-181


Chelsea, 26 Octr 1854

Dear Neuberg,

On the other Leaf is notice that the State-Paper affair is open to us.1 I suppose you will perhaps today receive your Official Letter on the subject; after which due measures can be taken for commencing.

What I want today is a Note of those two Books which you said we ought to have in the London Library: The Book about Würtemburg, and—I forget what the other was?2 Send me the Titles (as near as you can give them) with place and year (do) and probable price. There is to be a Committee Meeting on Saturday; and I will go and propose them.

Next time you are at the Museum, I wish you would see whether they have Zedler's Lexikon3 (a huge loose Book in 50 or 60 voll.); and try (for example, under the head Grumkow, Borck, Schwerin, try for Cymburgis rather (Cimburgen, Zimburga &c)! or some such modern Prussian name) what it is likely to contain in our line.4 Mylius I know they have; all full of Prussian Edicts, good for dating at least;5—I should like to know how far down it comes, and what of available is likely to be in it. I have plenty of other Museum Commissions: in fact if you are disposed for accompanying a man in his attack on the Windmills,6 there will be no lack of stress and adventure ready for you!— Here is a little snip (out of many) about the STEURER-SCHEINE (for the sake of Voltaire's Lawsuit): Mylius, it seems possible, may at last explain to us what a Steuer-Schein, humanly speaking, was!7— About all that, of course, there is not the least hurry. On Friday,8 before 2 o'clock, I set out for Painter Tait's, to give the first of “two sittings” before the beard quite obliterate me: 5 Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square; I am there till ¼ past 4; afterwards straight home.

Yours ever truly (with the windmills in sight) / T. Carlyle 9

Keep that little snip of paper till10