July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT ; 6 November 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18471106-TC-UC-01; CL 22: 151


Chelsea, London, 6 Novr, 1847

Dear Sir,

The Book, I believe, is quite printed off; otherwise your kind suggestion, for which at any rate accept my thanks, might have been entertained. Many years ago, indeed almost from the first, it struck me there was something wrong in the passage: but the allusion is not to Kaiser Rothbart in the Kyffhäuser, with his beard growing thro' the marble table &c &c, but to Charlemagne himself, concerning whom also there runs or ran such a fable;1 so that the error, I suppose, is of Salzburg instead of Aix, where, and not at Salzburg, beyond peradventure, the Great Emperor took up his last quarters.2

Believe me / Yours very truly

T. Carlyle