October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO EDWARD CHAPMAN ; 29 December 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451229-TC-EC-01; CL 20: 83-84


Chelsea, 29 Decr, 1845—

Dear Sir,

Here is an ugly falsehood on the part of Wiley and Putnam in New York; to which I shall beg you to send me your explicit contradiction,—or a clear account of how the matter was, if there was any matter. Read Mr Emerson's Letter,1 and you will see what I want.— Your answer, I suppose, can be published in the New York Papers; to point out the said Wiley and Putnam there, and stamp them publicly for the hungry thievish hyaenas that they are;—and this, I farther suppose, is all the amends we shall get of them. This, and knowing to avoid them another time!

Pray mention also (but on a separate scrap of paper) the name of the Montreal Bookseller, who got charge of my Canada Brother's copy of Cromwell:2 I have mislaid your former Note that recorded it.

This Fraction of a Catalogue records a late Sale (by Sotheby,3 I believe) of two Letters by Oliver, as you will see. Petherham of Chancery Lane4 sent it me three weeks ago, by a friend: but I fancy he can do nothing farther in it, tho' I have called too and applied. I want you to inquire of Sotheby, who now has the Letters?—and, if possible, to get me a sight of them, a copy of them with the minimum of botheration.— I think there will be fifty or sixty new Letters in all and “botheration” enough with them again!

In great haste / Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle