The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO EDWARD CHAPMAN ; 10 July 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520710-TC-EC-01; CL 27: 162-163


Chelsea, 10 july, 1852—

Dear Sir,

Judging by the Note you lately gave me of “Copies on hand” in reference to the other Books, I should say 750 wd be the better number for Heroes. You have hardly above that number of any of the Books, and of some you have not 150,—according to the above document.

I decidedly determine to have a cheap edition of those Books, if not thro' you (which I should be sorry at), then thro' another; nay sometimes I have thought of having this particular Book done in a cheap form by itself, and the rest as they successively fall home to me.

This by post; in case I have not time to call today,—or be baked into mutton before I get so far thro' the heat.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle

My price for 750 copies, at the old-established rate of the 5th shilling per 1000 copies, will be a simple rule-of-three sum,—and will come out extremely small, I am afraid!1

If you agree to the 750 on these terms, print them in any form and at any price you please; and forward the inclosed Note to Robson,—correcting the last paragraph, if it need correction.

T. C.