August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 23 December 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18571223-TC-JN-01; CL 33: 136-137


Chelsea, 23 decr, 1857—

Dear Neuberg,

I wish you wd get me some more Paper,—same as this Note: white colour wd not be unwelcome; but beware of changes! This takes the ink, has no vile fur upon it (as the last “improvement” of the Big Sheets had); it will be safer to hold strait by this.

I have been dreadfully stupid and weak for the last ten days; shuddering to begin “Book X,”1—till I am grown quite miserable again, and obliged to do it.

I want some little thing, possibly attainable in the Museum, about old Kur-Pfalz and the specific dates &c of his negociations and procedures in the Sulzbach-Prussia matter in 1737, 1738. Also (out of some Dictionary or the like) a precise fact or two concerning Luiscius, Fredh Wm's minister at the Hague who was concerned in those same Kur-Pflaz transactions;2 and went out of his wits in consequence, and (twice) almost out of the world: he is the “Lucius,” whom Voltaire mentions; the unfortunate ‘who se coupe la gorge avec le seul rasoir qu’il eût [cut his throat with the only razor he had],—clearly an over-statement as to his stock of rasors!

There is also something to be done abt Berlin Prints;—Mr Tait to be asked, in the first place, if he will do me a Photogrph of the Fredh Wm Print I have here (I mean my own Little one, whh cd then go to Berlin on a certain errand.3

If we hear nothing, I will look for you on Sunday Evg.

Yours always truly / T. Carlyle 4