January 1829-September 1831

The Collected Letters, Volume 5


TC TO JOHN MURRAY; 19 September 1831; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18310919-TC-JMU-01; CL 5:441-442.


6 Woburn Buildings, Tavistock Square / 19th September 1831—


I am this moment favoured with your Note of the 17th; and beg to say in reply:

First, that your idea, derived from conversation with me of my giving you the preference to all other Publishers, was perfectly correct: I had heard you described as a man of honour, frankness and even generosity; and knew you to have the best and widest connexions; on which grounds I might well say, and can still well say, that a transaction with you would please me better than a similar one with any other member of the Trade.

Secondly, that your information, of my having submitted my Ms. to the greatest Publishers in London, if you mean thereby that after coming out of your hands it lay two days in those of Messrs. Longman & Rees, and was from them delivered over to the Lord Advocate,—is also perfectly correct: if you mean anything else, incorrect.

Thirdly, that if you mean the Bargain, which I had understood myself to have made with you, unmade, you have only to cause your Printer who is now working on my Ms., to return the same without damage or delay, and consider the business as finished.

I remain, / Sir, / Your obedt Servt /

Thomas Carlyle