August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


TC TO [JOHN CHAPMAN OR JOHN GREEN?] ; 20 March 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440320-TC-JCHOJG-01; CL 17: 313-314


Chelsea, 20 March, 1844—


The Lady Authoress of the Life of Jean Paul wrote to me a good many months ago that, in case her Work were to be reprinted here, she had various corrections and improvements which she was anxious to introduce. This it seems to me is one reason why a Publisher of your character should first consult with her on the subject. But a second still more fundamental and preliminary reason is this, that the Life of Jean Paul now on sale here is her property, actually hers, and to be respected as such by all respectable men, even tho' there be no court able with penalties and acts of parliament to protect it.1

The Lady's Address if I remember rightly is Mrs Lee,

Boston, Massachusetts:

—at all events, thro' the American Bookseller2 there must be access to her.

As for me, I think I already, in return to a Presentation Copy, expressed my opinion of the book to the Writer of it; and do not feel that in any case there could be occasion to say more on the subject. I remain / Sir / Your most obed / T. Carlyle