January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO ALEXANDER GILCHRIST ; 10 March 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560310-TC-AGI-01; CL 31: 47-48


Chelsea, 10 March, 1856—

My dear Sir,

That Müller is an excellent Book of its kind, very brief, clear, and wonderfully exact considering all things. I was in hopes it had treated wholly of the Two Silesian Wars1 still so called, upon which there is a defect of good military elucidation; but I perceive nine-tenths of his Book are occupied with what he calls the “Third Silesian War,”—which had not then begun to be called the Seven-Years War. On this latter I am amply provided (tho' Decker is still in Paris, if ever there); and Tempelhof and others have completely elucidated that matter.2 I find three Plans however, belonging to the first Two Wars, not to be got so correctly elsewhere (Jomini3 &c have merely stolen them from this Müller, not with “improvements,” or study in the least equal to Müller's): these Plans, especially the 3d (Battle of Sohr or Soor,4 upon which I was at the moment busy) will be of real use to me. Sohr was really gratifying; for I had guessed, and groped out, the affair to be so, or about so, before Müller came.

The Pamphlet5 too, which is a thing printed abroad, translated from an English Pamphlet (probably by Fredk's order, it being much on his side) is well worth having or reading,—a sequel to one you already fished out for me, and which I have here.

There is in this new 4to Pamphlet a curious old sheet of writing paper; which I find to be an Official Prussian Order to a certain Purveyor whose name is on it to make the needful preparations for buying Hafer (Oats; haver as the Scotch still call it) in the Polish market!—I keep it, carefully preserved in the Cover of the Pamphlet, till you call next,—which do, pray, the first day you are in Town.— With many new thanks,

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

I perceive the Prussian State-Paper (ie. Polish-Oats Paper) may be inclosed here; it goes at once, therefore. Do not forget to call, all the the same or the rather.6