July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 24 August 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580824-TC-JN-01; CL 34: 155


Hamburg, Streit's Hôtel / 24 Augt 1858—

Dear Neuberg,

Your ingenious Mr Rosdal1 found us today in stepping out of the Steamer; and your Note, delivered by him, has thrown me into such a quandary of uncertainties as has seldom been my experience before! And yet a decision must be hit upon at once: Whether to persist in Carsitz, or thriftily rush off upon Leipzig on the chance of still (after my 2d Letter) finding you there?—On the whole let the course be this:

If you are already arrived at the Hôtel de Bavière in Leipzig on Wedy Evg when this finds you, continue there till you either see us arrive too (as is probable on Thursday evg), or else till I write again. We have Rosbach & Torgau to do, for whh I now find Leipzig and not Halle is the centre. It is probable we may stay here a day, and then go at once upon our Task,—there being some uncertainty as to Usedom's being at Rügen yet and a great evidence as to the large increase of distance there will be in Rügen for me.

Leipzig either tomorrow evg or as soon as possible! In this sense I write also to Heidingsfeld2 tonight.

Come along: Hotel de Bavière Leipzig the rendezvous auf schleunigsten [as soon as possible].

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

P.S. On the whole, withal, better write a Note to Mr Rosdal's care3 if you receive this at Leipzig: it will at worst be only superfluous.— I cannot now pay this, the hour is now gone for that;—never was in such a whirl of hurries & flurries!

Ever yours /

T. C.