1824- 1825

The Collected Letters, Volume 3


TC TO ALEXANDER CARLYLE; 16 March 1824; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18240316-TC-AC-01; CL 3:49.


Edinburgh, 1 Moray Street, / 16th March 1824

… Since I last wrote I have proceeded pretty regularly with my translation, at the rate of ten pages daily, correcting the proof-sheets as we go along. …

One material part of the affair I have already satisfactorily concluded; I mean the bargain with the Bookseller. … He is to pay me down £180 on the day of publication, and to make what hand he pleases of the 1000 copies he is printing. This is very handsome payment for my labour, however it may turn; and what I like best of all, it is dry hard cash, totally independent of risks. If the book sell the man will repay himself royally: and he deserves it for his risks. I too shall gain in that case, for after these 1000 copies are sold I am to have £250 for every further 1000 he chances to print. So that it does not by any means seem improbable that within a year I may make £500 more of it; but anyway I have the £180, fair recompense for my labour, and I am satisfied. …

I will likely be with you some time next week. … Tell Mother that she must get the teapot overhauled and all the tackle put in order: I am going to stay a month, and mean to drink tea with her very diligently. …