1824- 1825

The Collected Letters, Volume 3


TC TO WILLIAM TAIT; 24 December 1825; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18251224-TC-WT-01; CL 3:439-440.


Hoddam Hill, 24th December [1825]—

My Dear Sir,

I have sent you a small portion of this Manuscript, that you may set your Printers to work on it forthwith, and have all preliminaries settled by the time of my arrival. The introductory matter, I suppose, will require to be printed in a different type from the Translation: but of this and all other points relating to the size of the page, and so forth, you and Mr Ballantyne will be much fitter to judge than I; and with you I leave the arrangement of it.

I must come to Town directly, for my books are all done: I should have set out ere now; but I wished to let the Christmas festivities be concluded before my appearance. A few days after the commencement of the year (most likely only two or three), I expect to see you. I am going to higgle and chaffer as little more as possible about books; but to buy the few I shall need, if they cannot be got without excessive solicitation otherwise. I had a letter from Hamburg the other week, from Dr Julius, throwing fresh light on the subject. If you have not written for Goethe's Meister, do not write: it is one of the very few that I have any chance to find in Edinr by borrowing.

I beg that you would get the printers put in action as soon as possible; and assure them that if we were once fairly started, any thing under a sheet per diem will fall short of my desires. Almost two volumes are in black and white already.

Believe me always, / My Dear Sir, / Very truly your's, /

Thomas Carlyle