1824- 1825

The Collected Letters, Volume 3


TC TO JAMES HESSEY; 6 August 1824; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18240806-TC-JHE-01; CL 3:118-119.


Birmingham, 6th August, 1824—

My dear Sir,

I am extremely sorry to learn that Mr Taylor has so excellent an excuse for his delay in writing. I trust his disorder is now completely gone; and that by operating as a persuasive to greater caution in future, its temporary presence may prove a benefit to him.

I have determined on accepting your offer with regard to Schiller: there is a Letter inclosed, which if you will copy and signify you[r] agreement with, in a sheet directed to me, our little bargain will be struck.1

As for the books I must beg of you to make what exertions you can with Bohte2 or any other person likely to be of service in that matter. I feel anxious to make the account of Schiller and his times much more complete than it is at present, and materials are sadly wanting. I have two Lives of him in my possession; but they are excessively meagre. From Bohte I doubt not you will be able to procure Schillers Letters to Dalberg, Joerdens poetical Lexicon (art. Schiller), and Grubers Wieland 2nd vol. Tell him also to look at the List in the end of Doering's Schiller,3 and send me any or all of the works mentioned there which he can procure. I fear he has none of them: nor is it of essential consequence. If any other of your friends can suggest help or sources of help I shall be happy to receive it.— Along with these books, or as many of them as can be had, I must also request of you a copy of the whole Article, no part of which is at present in my possession. If interleaved with white paper, it would be so much the better: but neither is this essential.

In all this I could wish as much despatch as possible, being anxious to have the matter off my hands. My movements for a month or two are not strictly calculable: but I hope we shall be able to have out our Volume in November. I hope also you will put it in a decent dress as to paper and typography; and let us have a handsome portrait in front. A vignette representing his monument or tomb would look well upon the titlepage, but I know not whether it can easily be had.

Of all these points however we shall have time to consider more maturely: ere many weeks I hope to see you in Fleet-street and discuss them at large. Let me again beg of you to lose no time in sending out these Books; the Address is: Care of J. Badams Esqr, Birmingham.

Believe me to be, / My dear Sir, / Truly yours, /

Thomas Carlyle—

Make my compliments to Mr Taylor, and be so good as inform him, if you can recollect, that Wilhelm Meisters Travels will not do. It is full of genius: but in the state of a fragment, and unfit for the English market.