The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 23 March 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530323-TC-JN-01; CL 28: 86-88


23 March 1853

Dear Neuberg,

I was very sorry to hear of “two o'clock” for dinner; I am good for nothing at that hour; and cannot well shew myself before 5 in the afternoon,—under penalty of losing a day; which of course I am loathe to do.

I perceive we shall have to put the matter off altogether till my return from The Grange,— Monday week;—after which, or even on which evening, I shall be ready to see you again, and discuss capabilities. I hope not to be out when you call next.

Abeken has sent me not only some useful Books, but a Catalogue of the Nicolai Library at Berlin,1 from which the generous proprietor permits me to choose at will. This is magnificent! Van de Weyer also brings me a Book from the Royal Library at Brussels (Dernière Guerre de Bohème; of whh you had got me the 3d and 4th volumes once); 2 and Bielefeld, I at last hear, waits me at The Grange.3 There will be nothing for it now but actually to begin,—God knows how in the world, or whether ever, to end. At least I must cease abusing the poor Prussian libraries: Here finally, to a most fair extent, is what they have; can nothing be made of it, then?

On the whole I wish I were not going from home at all: but there is no help. Nine days idle; that is the law.

I have tied up your Examiner, with Abel &c and put your Address on the cover: it lies upstairs here for you, if you call while I am away.— I have got the Book Larpent; but it is really hardly worth the Review, which extracts with hardly a particle left, all the cream out of it.4

——Behold I have split my pen in my hurry!—

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

Chelsea 23 March, 1853—

The so-called “Zur Geschichte5 is, this moment, come, and now at your service