The Collected Letters, Volume 10


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; 1985; DOI: 10.1215/ed-10-acknowledgements; CL 10: firstpage-10-vii-lastpage-10-viii


The editors wish to repeat their thanks to all those listed in the Acknowledgements in the opening pages of volumes 1, 5, and 8. A special word of renewed gratitude is owing to the staff of the National Library of Scotland, including Professor E. F. D. Roberts, the Director, and William Ritchie, Stanley Simpson, Margaret Deas, Alison Harvey Wood, and Elspeth Yeo. In addition, the editors would like to express their appreciation to Dr. William Baker; Professor Murray Baumgarten, University of California, Santa Cruz; Dean Betty T. Bennett, Pratt Institute; Rita Bottoms and Jerry James, Library of the University of California, Santa Cruz; Alastair Cowper; Professor Emeritus David Daiches, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Edinburgh; Elizabeth Deis; Darcel Drew; Ellen S. Dunlap, Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin; Professors Frank Borchardt, Francis Newton, Leland Phelps, and Keith Stanley, Duke University; Margaret Knoerr, Duke University Library; Professor Horst W. Drescher; the late Col. James Edgar, Curator, Carlyle House, Chelsea, and Mrs. Edgar; Elizabeth Ann Falsey, Houghton Library, Harvard University; Kirsty Ferguson; John Green and John Hall, Edinburgh University Library; Professor Joseph Hamburger, Yale University; Professors Fred Kaplan and Michael Timko, City University of New York, Queens; Philip Kelley; Eleanor de Selms Langstaff; the authorities of the London Library; Victor Luftig; Claire McGann, University of Kentucky Library; David Mitchell; Roy M. Pinkerton; Jane Roberts; Pamela Royston; Professor Arthur Sherbo, Michigan State University; William Slayton; Doris M. Sommer; Professor Knud Sørensen, Aarhus University; Virginia Surtees; Professor Rodger L. Tarr, Illinois State University, Normal; Professor Martha S. Vogeler, California State University, Fullerton; Sir Allan Walker, Q.C.; Nancy Walter, Carlyle's Birthplace, Ecclefechan.

The title pages of volumes 10–12 carry for the last time the name of Charles Richard Sanders. Professor Sanders retired from the Department of English at Duke University in 1972, but for the next eight years continued as General Editor. Intending to turn his attention to other scholarly projects which he wished to complete, he retired from the Carlyle Letters Project in late 1980.

Professor Sanders was, of course, the initiator of the Project. It was he who collected the letters after a worldwide search, organized the editorial enterprise, and found funding for publication. Without him the Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle would not have begun and would not have proceeded to volumes 10–12. The deep gratitude due him cannot be adequately expressed. Happily, he remains a consultant and guide for the project. Professor Sanders has provided an account of the Project, from its inception in 1952 to his stepping down as General Editor in 1980, in “A Brief History of the Duke-Edinburgh Edition of the Carlyle Letters,” Studies in Scottish Literature 17:1–12.

The basic procedures outlined in the Introduction to volume 1 continue by and large along the same lines. In an effort to simplify the notes, the editors have adopted most of the style of documentation approved in 1982 by the Modern Language Association of America. In general, this means that arabic instead of roman numerals are used throughout and that, inter alia, a number of commas employed in previous practice are now omitted. A new principle concerning postmarks is also here introduced for the first time. The date and place of the postmark are given only when it is of significance to the letter itself. For instance, when the postmark can serve as a guide to the dating of a letter, it is provided in simplified form; or when the postmarks indicate something important about the time taken between the posting of a letter and its receipt, they may likewise be given.