July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO MR. WARREN ; 1 November 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18581101-TC-MWA-01; CL 34: 236


To Mr Warren Chelsea, 1 Novr, 1858—

Dear Sir,

On the opposite page is a mem. which I will thank you to despatch at once to that egregious Agent you have in Edinr!1 Neither of those copies is yet come, so far as I can learn; one of them I expressly hear is not.— I must say I never saw or heard of worse carrying-trade than has been on this occasion: £1.3.6 to Canada (price by Post being about 10 / ), with no certainty when or whether ever the Parcels will be delivered:—that is but one item; emblematic of many others in the affair:—I wish we had at once despatched every Copy by the Post; that, at least I could myself have done!— Please send off to Menzies at once, and deliver me from hearing more of this affair.

I also want to see, in good time,—directly if there is no reason for delay,—the Engraver of Frontispiece to Vol II.2— His Picture appears to me a disgrace to human nature, in its present state,—a pretty exact portrait of the clothes in his original, and as to the man, no more like him than it is to the Emperor of Japan;—an Engraving calculated only to please an extremely juvenile class of mortals! Pray send him, and lets try if we cannot put some one slight feature of Friedh Wilhelm into it.—

Please do these things; you need not answer otherwise.

Yours truly /

T. Carlyle