July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 20 October 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18581020-TC-JN-01; CL 34: 221-222


Chelsea, 20 octr, 1858—

Dear Neuberg,

Have I happened to lend you the Küster I brought from Weimar,—Küster's Lebens-Errettungen Frh's der Grossen?1 It lay for weeks on this Table; and now today the whole House has been ransacked for it in vain.— I do not the least want the Book; but want extreme-2 to know where it is.

The Quark [rubbish] about “The Reich3 I did not use, after all! Here it is, for your inspection,—and combustion. Having dressed one's cucumber with pepper, with vinegar, with &c, a certain Receipt directs, “Then throw it out of window.”4— It was extremely difficult to explain, in three lines compass, to impatient English readers, How there came to be two “Reichs,”5 what the second “Reich” really was, &c &c— In fine, here it is,—fairly out of window;—two words being put into the Text,6 to stave off the hawks from pecking at me.

The Old Dessauer also I have let stand;—“poor Varnhagen,7 a loose authority, referring to after times of the Dessr's History,” and other excuses.

“Swedish” the like; whh is the word in all the Books,—nor did I ever hear of “Spaniards” being in the 30-years War at all.— Enough, enough.

They are printing with all their energy; “to have done on Decr 15”8 (whh I do not believe);—and two insignificant corrections I sent for vol II (for they are printing in 4 or 5 difft parts of their Copy) were already too late.

I have got a Book or two for you here (“The German Spy9 at least, if you will accept it from me) agt your next coming.

Yours ever Truly /

T. Carlyle