April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO J. W. PARKER; 14 November 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18491114-TC-JWP-01; CL 24: 290-291


Chelsea, 14 Novr, 1849—

Dear Sir,

Apparently it cannot make much difference either to the Paper or me whether we appear in Decr or in Jany. But the fact is, that Paper was meant a kind of small Pilot Engine, or Proof Paper-kite, to determine the path (and destiny for life or death, perhaps) of certain other masses of blotted stuff that lie in the rear of it;1—and this is a matter which ought to have been decided long ago, and must not now be left waiting longer.

There is therefore a certain degree of chance that this Paper, if not printed by you till january, may already be disposed of otherwise. If it still remain undisposed of, surely you shall be very welcome to it then. But in the meanwhile, please let me have it again immediately; that this long-slumbering affair keep itself awake till a settlement do arrive for it.

There is, as I say, considerable likelihood that the Paper may remain for you in jany; but there is not any certainty:—and I must go on with the experiment, or flying of the Proof Kite, above alluded to.

“The Editor of Fraser,” is not he yourself and Mrs Harris?2 I always understood so; or perhaps I shd not have made so free in that establishment!3

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle