August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO G. H. LEWES ; 7 December 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18571207-TC-GHL-01; CL 33: 130


Chelsea, 7 decr, 1857—

Dear Lewes,

The German Translation of that Book is in the hands of Neuberg;1 and he has settled about it (with Decker of Berlin) months and years ago. The English Reprint is still open. Tauchnitz of Leipzig applied a long while ago; I set Neuberg to ansr him, “£50 a Volume”; and keep it off me; Neuberg corresponded accordingly, and reported Tauchnitz as prepared to assent: Tauchnitz employed Wms & Norgate, however, who I conjecture advised him to offer Half;—this at any rate they, in his name, not long since, did offer; and it was rejected, and is not likely to be accepted for a good while (I should guess). That is the state of the English Reprint: Vol I lately done, is of 634 pages (if I recollect): Vol II, expected to be ready in May.

I have had such a 14 months as was never appointed me before in this world,—sorrow, darkness and disgust, my daily companions; and no outlook visible except getting a detestable business turned off, or else being driven mad by it.— In a three months more, I hope to be at large again, and capable of seeing those I like.

Yours ever truly / T. Carlyle