July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO MICHAEL DAWES ; 11 July 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550711-TC-MD-01; CL 30: 7-8


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 11 july, 1855—

Dear Sir,

I am quite ashamed to have made such havock in your Book-shelves;—and surely very much obliged by your polite and prompt compliance with Mr Neuberg's request on my behalf.

The Voltaire Collection, 28 volumes,1 has just arrived, some two hours after your Note by post; all is safe and right (no injury whatever from this wettest of days); and certainly it will be my part now to keep all right, and return you the 28 volumes safe when I have done with them.

I find they contain most part of Voltaire's Works,—the chief exception is the Letters, which I have otherwise;—and I shall get considerable benefit by having them near me. If you at any time want the Books before this weary Task of mine is over, have the goodness to give me notice, and they shall be instantly returned. The Task once done, they come home by nature;—but alas that is rather an uncertain date, which I must not wish to tie you to! Meanwhile accept many thanks for this act of polite kindness; and believe me

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle

Michael Dawes Esq / Nottingham