October 1833-December 1834

The Collected Letters, Volume 7


TC TO JOHN STUART MILL; 5 September 1834; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18340905-TC-JSM-01; CL 7:291-292.


Chelsea, Friday [5 September 1834]—

My Dear Mill,

Either of the days you mention will do very well for the Letter;1 about which there is no special haste.

I shall be truly gratified to see M. Carrel;2 indeed, I may say, vexed if I do not see him. I am to be out tonight; but no other of these next three or four nights, for aught I at present know.

The Diamond Necklace (poor little object) again turns up on me. I meant to speak categorically with Fraser today about it, but did not see him. Would Effingham Wilson,3 think you, or any other reputable Bookseller that you know be inclined to undertake it, on such evidence as could be honestly given him? I have come so far as to consent, hardly or very slightly to wish, that it should come out, before anything else come; for this reason, among various others, that I might see what the people said of it, and so perhaps gain a little glimmering of light about my next production. I think it might have this title: “The D. Necklace: A History. From the French of Potdevin. With Notes. By T. Carlyle.”4 I will speak of it as being “in rhyme in the original” (which it partly was), and so forth; and give it a kind of quizzical garniture, thro' which the true Authorship may peer out clearly enough. What think you of “Potdevin” (Pot-of-wine, Into-the-bargain)! I can give criticisms of him; and you, with still more freedom, of us both.

If on the other hand no Bookseller will draw his Purse-strings in this great enterprise, it is quite clear to me that neither I nor you ought to do it.

Come soon.

Ever affectionately /

T. Carlyle—