January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO G. L. CRAIK ; 14 March 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430314-TC-GLC-01; CL 16: 83-84


Chelsea, Tuesday [14 March 1843]—

Dear Craik,

We had gone out last night to hear the Scotch songs;1 which was unlucky.

On Saturday, after I saw you, there came a young man, apparently with satisfactory copying talents;2 whom, however, I apprised of the state we were in, and put off without any final response till Wednesday. He too was ignorant of the rate ‘per 1000 words’; nor have I yet learned that anywhere.

But the question at present is, How much Ms. can the young lady copy before the evening of the 29th of March? The American Packet sails on the 1st of April; and I hope to get the Printer, with his share of the job, driven up to the mark at that time. The‘words’ are probably about 50,000; not fewer! If the young lady cannot do them all, the young man might have a share of them. But indeed I have not yet got the Printer's response;—his devil having absented himself yesterday. At all events I wish you would ask your young lady, and let me know as soon as possible.

Wilson is a capital singer; but last night we had only his Highland Songs, an inferior sample of the article. It was on an old engagement with the Wedgwoods that we went.3 You and I must go some night, and hear the Jacobites.4

Yours ever truly / T. Carlyle