January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 31 January 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560131-TC-JN-01; CL 31: 18-19


Correspondence of Prince Karl and Count Seckendorf (about that Wemdingen business) 1744 (abt May and afterwards).1

“Circular-Rescript” of Maria Theresa abt ditto, 13 May and 13 june 1744.2— — In answer to which, is

“Circr Rescript” of 21 june with 6 appendices, by Kaiser (Karl VII).3 (In Sammlung der Staatsschriften nach Karl des 6ten Tode;4—which probably is not in the Museum; tho' perhaps some Analogous Farrago may be? Faber Faber: Staatscanzeley [State Chancellery]5 is another)

Chelsea, 31 jany, 1856—

Dear Neuberg,

Do not bother too much abt that Seckendorf business, which in truth is worth little to me. I can turn it some way or other; and even do if you find nothing for me. The same about the Dictature.6 If you can find the date, well, and better than otherwise; but we must not grovel too much in that mud element,—mass it all up into the vague in case of need.

I shd like better (if you have found the Du Châtelet Book)7 that you took some Abstract for me (in yr usual dextrous way, retaining bits of the original) of Madame's8 jealous Letters, or Letter to Voltaire, while he was with Fredk on visit at Wilhelmina's, Septr (13–18?) 1743.9 This I cannot quite dispense with, some time or other.—The Book (lost) is ordered for me again; but one knows not when it will come.

My fire stands out pretty fairly even agt this sunless frost.

Yours (in dreadful haste)

T. Carlyle