1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 5 April 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550405-TC-JN-01; CL 29: 282-283


Chelsea, 5 April, 1855—

Dear Neuberg,

I hope your Brother-in-law1 is now out of danger: that other would be a terrible result for poor Rosette and her child!—

I think it will be better to persist till we find when Prince Fred does actually arrive in England for the first time. It cannot have been during those months of 1728; whh makes me ask almost more eagerly, When was it, then!2— The foundation of the Story is Pöllnitz; and it is adopted from him in all its parts by Coxe (Life of Walpole, 4to editn, London 1798, vol I. p 520):3 consult that passage of Coxe, and he will refer you to the French Pöllnitz (I have got only the German, where it is II. 273–77; all exact);— I think there can be no doubt about Coll Lannai bringing Fred over hither, about La Mothe lying in prison &c;4 and the date of Fred's arrival here wd be of assistance in estimating the credibility of the rest.

Yesterday I again read, with new diligence, your State-Pr Abstract up to p. 24 or the end of 1730: it is actually the only History (sticking together in chronological order, and clear authenticity, or clearly estimable degree of it) I have ever been able to get of that distracted set of adventures! God pity the rational man that has to go into it, and inquire his way from the “winged creatures” (of various Academic and other sorts) whom he will meet flying about there, in the dust-element,—with their spectacles on!—

Have we got a Copy of that Speech of Fk Wm's to Dubourgay, “I am going to take the Sacrament, and” &c &c?5— Also, of that Letter from Fritz sent to England by Hotham (27 May, 1730; vol. 41, I think,—p. 20 of our Abstract), engaging to run away to England &c &c?6 Is there a copy of that?— I must try if I can get these Sheets (State-Paper ones) of yours, bound together in some handy consultable way; they are really my highroad, so far as I have one.— Thanks for Peachum and the Congress of Soissons;7 that is very well too, if one attend to the date of it; and to Mist the Publisher of it,—a gentleman acquainted with the Pillory in those times.8

But now to work!9

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle