August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO HENRY LARKIN ; 22 December 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18571222-TC-HL-01; CL 33: 135-136


Chelsea 22 decr 1857

My dear Sir,

Would you be so good as call again, and tell Mr Robson that I am well aware of the “irregular” character of the Ms. (probably the most irregular he ever had to do with!)—but that on the whole he must contrive to give me some guess of it. His guess will be better than mine; and that latter (a very dark rule indeed) is all I have to go by at present!—

If Mr Levey1 will take the thing in hand, and form his best opinion, witht telling anybody; and then if Mr Robson will do the like,—I should suppose the mean of those two computations would be near the truth. On the whole I must form some kind of notion; and how am I to do it!— Tell them to do their best for me; and thereby I shall at least be much nearer the fact than at present.

I have no doubt the Sartor is considerably illuminated by your faithful labour upon it.2 I will with great pleasure read a Proofsheet (and send you my remarks) if you can get me one in time.

If I knew the extent of that Ms., I shd now go ahead for the conclusion of this First Part of Frh. whh will be a deliverance indeed, to the weary human soul!—

We hope to see you on some occasion before long.

Yours Always Truly / T. Carlyle