August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO ROBERT HARRISON ; 25 October 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18571025-TC-RH-01; CL 33: 105-106


Chelsea, 25 Octr, 1857—

My dear Sir,

I have had that Coxe's Walpole1 an unconscionable time; and, by all regulations,2 am bound to return it whenever demanded! And I have indeed, months and almost years ago, done with all the direct reading it will ever get from me.

But it so happens, the Printer is at this time, and for perhaps a month to come, just chacing me thro' the Section of a Book where the chief or sole use of Coxes lies to me!3 Would you be so kind as state this to the Gentleman now demanding Coxe: perhaps he will have so much beneficence as to give me a respite for so long? If he will not,—which also is a result I have to contemplate with firmness, with tolerance!—then be so good as send your Porter, and the Hon. Demander shall have his Coxe at once, in terms of law.

Thanks for your Catalogue; which was an obliging act of attention on your part. In some months time, I hope to see more of the Library and you.

Yours very sincerely / T. Carlyle