April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO C. K. J. BUNSEN ; 18 July 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480718-TC-CKJB-01; CL 23: 72-73


Chelsea, 18 july, 1848—

My dear Sir,

Here from Weimar is a Letter of Eckermann's, which gives us, among other things, questionable account of the fate of that poor Faust Manuscript you were charitable enough to take charge of, for him and me! It appears the poor man, far from receiving any money as we expected, has not got the smallest notice of any kind concerning his unfortunate Handschrift [autograph]; and does not know, except by the negative indication you once gave me many months ago, that it has been accepted, or even that it has arrived and been offered! What is to be done with him or it? There have a great many weighty changes taken place in Berlin since that poor Paper went thither;1 probably enough the official man to whom you sent it is no longer in office; and in this general dislocation of all interests and objects, so small an object may have got shoved aside one knows not whither. I need not beg you to attempt whatever is still possible towards attaining some solution of this business,—towards either getting back the Ms., or having some acknowledgement of it transmitted to the Weimar donor. I wait for a word from you, and will then write to him.

Poor Eckermann wishes farther, it appears, that you would read his new Volume of Gespräche.2 In this latter respect I think you might promise to satisfy him: at least I will fairly put you on the way, and in two idle hours you may pleasantly accomplish the problem. After tomorrow, my Copy of the Book shall be much at your service; and I can promise you at least it is not heavy reading,—no, nor even weighty (wichtig), but very suitable for hot weather, so far as I have gone!

I hope you do not yet mean to leave town; not till I see you again, for one thing.

With kind regards to Madam Bunsen3

I remain always

very sincerely yours

T. Carlyle