October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO RALPH WALDO EMERSON ; 18 June 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460618-TC-RWE-01; CL 20: 209-211


Chelsea, 18 june, 1846—

Dear Emerson,

I have had two Letters of yours, the last of them (31st May) only two days, and have seen a third written to Wiley of New York.1 Yesterday Putnam was here, and we made our bargain,—and are to have it signed this day at his shop: two copies, one of which I mean to insert along with this, and give up to your or E. P. Clark's keeping.2 For, as you will see, I have appointed Clark my representative, economic plenipotentiary and factotum, if he will consent to act in that sublime capacity,—subject always to your advice, to your controul in all ultra-economic respects, of which you alone are cognisant of the circumstances or competent to give a judgement. Pray explain this with all lucidity to Mr Clark: and endeavour to impress upon him that it is (to all appearance) a real affair of business we are now engaged in; that I would have him satisfy his own sharp eyes (by such methods as he finds convenient and sufficient, by examination at New York or how he can) that the conditions of this bargain are fairly complied with by the New York Booksellers,—who promise “every facility for ascertaining how many copies are printed,” &c &c; and profess to be of the integrity of Israelites indeed, in all respects whatever! If so, it may be really useful to us. And I would have Mr Clark, if he will allow me to look upon him as my man of business in this affair, take reasonable pains, be at any reasonable expence &c (by himself or by deputy) to ascertain that it is so in very fact! In that case, if something come of it, we shall get the something and be thankful; if nothing come of it, we shall have the pleasure of caring nothing about it.— I have given Putnam two Books (Heroes & Sartor) ready, corrected;3 the others I think will follow in the course of next month;—F. Revolution waits only for an Index which my man4 is now busy with. The Cromwell, Supplement and all, he has now got,—published two days ago, after sorrowful delays. Your Copy will be ready this afternoon,—too late, I fear, by just one day: it will lie, in that case, for a fortnight, and then come. Wiley will find that he has no resource but to reprint the Book; he will reprint the Supplement too, in justice to former purchasers; but this is the final form of the Book, this second edition; and to this all readers of it will come at last.

We expect the Daguerrotype by next Steamer; but you take good care not to prepossess us on its behalf! In fact, I believe, the only satisfactory course will be to get a Sketch done too; if you have any Painter that can manage it tolerably, pray set about that, as the true solution of the business—out of the two together we shall make a likeness for ourselves that will do. Let the Lady Wife be satisfied with it; then we shall pronounce it genuine!5

I envy you your forest-work, your summer umbrages, and clear silent lakes.6 The weather here is getting insupportable to us for heat. Indeed if rain do not come within two weeks, I believe we must wind up our affairs, and make for some shady place direct:—Scotland is perhaps likeliest; but nothing yet is fixed: you shall duly hear.— Directly after this, I set off for Putnam's in Waterloo Place; sign his papers there; stick one Copy under a Cover for you, and despatch.— Send me word about all that you are doing and thinking. Be busy, be still and happy. Yours ever

T. Carlyle