August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


TC TO TAYLOR & WALTON ; 21 March 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440321-TC-TAW-01; CL 17: 315-316


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 21 March, 1844—


I beg to answer by apprising you that the Copyright of the Life of Schiller is already and has always been mine; that Messrs Taylor and Hessey never had, or to my knowledge claimed, any right over the Work, except that of publishing this one revised and enlarged edition, after it had done its service in their Magazine.1

At such a distance of time, the documents connected with the bargain are not perhaps on your side, any more than on mine, accessible in a moment: but such has all along been my distinct understanding and complete conviction on the subject; and it is on this principle, of selling one edition, and rigorously retaining the copyright, that I have disposed of all my subsequent writings as well.

I shall accordingly altogether object to the scheme of republishing the Life of Schiller as indeed I should to any scheme of reprinting the work without fit corrections, or with my name upon it perhaps even then.2

I remain, / Gentlemen,

Your obdt servt

T. Carlyle

Messrs Taylor and Walton
Gower Street