October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO VERNON LUSHINGTON ; 19 December 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18561219-TC-VL-01; CL 32: 56-57


Chelsea, 19 decr, 1856—

Dear Sir,

I have gone over the First Volume, under your guidance; and fancy it now ready for the Printer,—if once I had seen a glimpse of you again.

The Report (program included) is confirmable in every particular: a clear reasonable method, and set forth with perfect clearness. It shall be altogether as you say; and you shall do the “editing” &c, according to your own beneficent proposal;—and I hope very soon to wash my hands of the affair in that manner.

Only come Tomorrow (Saturday) Evg, at the old hour, if you can;—and bring along with you the Fourth volume of my Copy:1 I do not know always what the “Appendix” treats of by the resources I have.— Unfortunately I have hardly cut out any of the references yet, tho’ sensible of their tendency to distract the reader's attention from what is chiefly worthy of attending to.

I have also cut out pientissimo altogether; doubtless the young gentn and you are right about its Ciceronian qualities;2 and most likely the old Diction— aries are right too about its derivation from piantisso:—but I reflect that the whole question lies wide of my affairs; so we fling over the hedge and let the dogs worry over it that have a call thither.

Saturday at 7½ p.m.—and the Fourth volume with you.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle