The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT ; 31 May 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500531-TC-UC-01; CL 25: 89-90


Chelsea, 31 May, 1850—

My dear Sir,

I sent you a German Literary Gentn called Hartmann,1 some time ago; of whose objects, or qualities (except that he was an amiable intelligent man, and could speak little English), I did not then know much.

I have since read a Prose Book of his; which is really very clever: I have again seen the man himself too; and learn that, among other things, he has long had a popular Life of Huss2 (the Bohemian Reformer) in view;—and comparing him with it, I really find it likely he might make a pleasant and valuable Book of it. He is himself a Bohemian, a Scholar, Poet, and man of sense and humanity; knows the Czech language (Huss's mother-tongue), has rummaged the Prague Archives, &c &c—in short, I wish you wd give him half an hour to speak to you about this. He wants an English Publisher; he knows (or can know) Mrs Austin; has the resources and likelihoods I mention:—it wd be a real charity in you to tell him, if such is the fact, that English Bibliopoly cannot listen to his proposal. He leaves this country in a fortnight. He has already learned to talk a good deal of English; his French and all his other speech is highly transparent: you will have no difficulty as to a medium of communication.

Hartmann was Member of the Frankfort Parlt,3 member of &c &c; but he is nothing of the truculent revolu[tion]ist;4 far from it! He is one of the mildest, clearest of young German celebrities; actually a man of natural intelligence; qualified as I describe to write a Life of Huss;—and has the beautifullest beard in nature!

Half an hour to him if you can afford it. His Address is:

Moritz Hartmann Esq
25. Winchester row, New Road.

But he will himself call again.

And so begging your forgiveness for trouble laid on you, now & heretofore

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle