The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO EDWARD CHAPMAN ; 7 March 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500307-TC-EC-01; CL 25: 40-41


Chelsea, 7 March 1850

Dear Sir,—The Pamphlet No 3, “Downing Street,” has so swollen, it has been obliged to break itself into two; No 4 will be “The New Downing Street”—both of them big enough, or too big. I have just ended No 3; Robson may have it at press, if he like, in two days. No 4 also, both on Robson's part and on mine (especially on his, for I have to patch and pick and shift) is pretty well forward,—indeed almost done too, on R's part.

Now what I want you to consider is, whether No 4 might not be announced for April 15—with No 5, which is called “Stump Orator” (all about Parliamentary balderdash &c), to follow on the 11th of May? I should get sooner thro' my Dozen, for one thing!— Both the Downing Streets treat essentially of the same subject; have allusions to Peel &c;1 and might be more in their place and time just now while the Ministry2 is staggering, than farther on. Besides the one shd not be forgotten while the other is getting read.— I can have “Stump Orator” ready enough for the 1 of May, I believe. Those are all my considerations; now give me yours, or in brief the decision you arrive at on your side.

I am getting myself fretted to fiddlestrings by this work; and wish, with my whole heart, I were out of it.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle.