January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO KARL AUGUST VARNHAGEN VON ENSE ; 13 June 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450613-TC-KAVE-01; CL 19: 76-77


Chelsea, 13 june, 1845—

My dear Sir

This morning the Bookseller called with a Proof of the Engraving of Schiller, and with this Autograph which he has now done with. The Engraving seemed to me tolerably good; but you will have an opportunity yourself of judging before long. As to the Autograph, knowing its value I am impatient to get it returned;1 and, on considering, fancy that an instant despatch by the Post may perhaps be the safest way:—however, I will consider that farther; at all events, I now straightway seal it up with your Address, that it may be ready for whatever conveyance, and in some sense off my hands. Our weather has grown hot as Sahara; my press of confused business rolls along more bewildering than ever,—and has to transact itself in this tumult of tumults; as if a man should sit down to collect his scattered thoughts in the inside of a kettle-drum! It will be over by and by.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

In great haste,—by a sure hand, the Herr Plattnauer, this Saturday, 28 june, 1845.2