April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 4 October 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18441004-TC-JF-01; CL 18: 228-229


Chelsea, 4 Octr, 1844

Dear Forster,

A certain Bookseller, one Chapman in Newgate Street, is reprinting with authority from Emerson himself a new Book of Emerson's; in which operation I am of course bound to be in all ways helpful.1 Chapman hopes and believes that by making some kind of application to some kind of Privy Council by virtue of some kind of Act about International Copyright, he can secure the property of this British edition for Emerson and himself;—but the poor man does not know how to proceed; and the Attornies whom he consults shed on the operation only darkness visible. He has heard that Sergt Talfourd is the oracle on all such matters;2 and in his despair this poor Chapman wishes me to go and ask the learned Sergt direct. For Emerson's sake I will cheerfully do it, if it be feasible;—and it is upon this latter point that I now write to consult you.

First of all, is the learned Serjeant at home, and what is his address? Secondly under what condition can I with propriety go to him on such an errand; or can I with propriety go at all?

If affirmation be the result of your thoughts on this matter, then perhaps I might dun you farther to appoint me an hour with the learned gentleman,—any hour of any day.

I was not in quest of this the other day when I called, but in quest of you.— In great haste

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle