July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 10 October 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18551010-TC-JN-01; CL 30: 79-80


Chelsea, 10 Octr, 1855—

Dear Neuberg,

There is to be a Library-Committee meeting1 on Saturday Evg; and I mean to get a response concerning those Books of Chelius's:2 but I have, so far as can yet be made out, entirely lost your Note of them! Search, again and again repeated, will disclose nothing of it: there never was such a “Chaos of paper-clippings” as this unfortunate garret of mine is growing: yesterday I sought madly for another, more valuable Paper of yours, Copy of Fredk's Journey to Strasburg (from Voltaire and the Museum, as I well remember);3 and could not find that either. All these are monitions: “Deliver thyself from that unutterable whirlpool, or die mad!”— — You must send me what best reminiscence you have of Chelius: the price (reduced to English) of the one main article (d'Orleans),4 then the price of all the 4, with titles of the other 3 the best you have. I will get what answer there can well be on Saturday to such a question.

I know not whether you have yet made any way into that last mass of Fk Papers. I wish you would now cut a passage thro' them, so soon as you handily can,—above all things, annihilate about ¾ of them, and let me have the remaining ¼. I long infinitely to settle some resolution as to those winged masses; and the first step is to see what I have. Often it comes into my head that fire (to the whole) wd be the readiest way. Which probably is their just fate; and may overtake them yet. In that last Batch you have got, I can remember little except descriptions about Gundling,5 the Tobacco Parliament (whh perhaps are worth something),6 and endless descriptions and repetitions about Kaiser Karl VI7 and his labours in the Pragmatic-Sanction Diplomacies.8 I think there was a thought in me as to that latter business; but it is nowhere expressed well, and is 4 or 5 times expressed ill: to annihilate all of these except the one best, and extricate that into legibility, would be a great service done.

I have two glaziers cleaning the window over my head; they were engaged to come at 3½ p.m.; but have preferred 9 a.m.: in these circumstances words that can be spared are not recommendable.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle