April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO JOHN CHAPMAN ; 31 October 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18441031-TC-JCH-01; CL 18: 254


Chelsea 31 Octr, 1844—

Dear Sir,

Here is the Proof,1 altered, I hope in a way to suit you. My own impression is, that you can really get no Copyright; nevertheless I would have you take some steps to make application to the Privy Council, or to do what else seems to be prescribed in that case,—were it only for setting the matter at rest.

Whether Sergt Talford is come home again or not, I do not know; but most probably he is. I should think your best course (if you reckon him the oracle in the matter) would be to wait upon him, with that Copyright Act in your hand; and consult him as a man of business: What is to be done,—if anything: What is the meaning of that Paragraph you found on, if it have any meaning?2

Probably your stereotype, your cheap price, and the face you shew in the business would deter Pirates if you could get any countenance at all, even the slightest, from that inscrutable Act of legislature.

In great haste / Yours truly / T. Carlyle