The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO J. W. PARKER ; 18 May 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530518-TC-JWP-01; CL 28: 144-145


Chelsea, 18 May, 1853—

Dear Sir,

There is some proposal to reprint just now, for the benefit of Uncle Tom and Co, that Lecture on the Nigger Question, which distressed the world, thro' Fraser, a couple of years ago.

From you I can anticipate no objection,1 in such case (which is still hypothetical only),—indeed I think there has been on both sides (and, at all events, it were as well there should be, for the future) an understanding that any Pieces I sent you should be at my own disposal, after Fraser had done with them:—but certainly all rules require that I should at least speak to you of the thing, and thank you for the permission which I do not think you will withhold.

Uncle Tom's flat nose would really be much better for a seasonable fillip in these extravagant days: but I could wish any other than I had been appointed for that outpost duty!—

Yours always truly, /

T. Carlyle.

J. W. Parker, Esq.