The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 15 December 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531215-TC-JN-01; CL 28: 340-341


The Grange, Alresford / 15 decr, 1853—

Dear Neuberg,

I have a little task for you, to be done at your leisure when you stroll out; for there is no hurry in it,—only do it some day, and let me know when it is done.

You know where Thomas Ballantyne lives, the little cheery man, once of the Manchester Newspapers? It [is]1 in the Haverstock-Hill region,2 but I have not the No or name of the Street. Ballantyne told me of a little Book, published by Knight about 1843, with some such Title as “A working man's experiences in the United States”; Book giving account of American Strikes &c, the Strike of 1836 especially.3 Ballantyne told me of it lately; and I wish to have a copy, if it be procurable by purchase. This is the task: so soon as you and he have found a Copy, please let me know. Ballantyne, I am aware, has one of his own which he wd lend me: but the truth is, Lord Ashburton is to be the principal reader of it, and I had much rather give him a copy of my own than a borrowed one,—in as much as there is risk of its being lost in these big premises! So buy if you can.

We are a miscellaneous rustic party here; consisting very much of women and children, engaged in Christmas Doll-making: distinguished strangers pass across the scene sometimes, but linger only for a day or two. I get no work done; but under the theory of working I pass my day in seclusion, up aloft here, and read at least, or prosecute my own sad reflexions The winter woods are very interesting, the rustic hamlets and habitations: our weather is always fogless, sometimes quite bright; today after a wild whirl of N.E. frosty wind we have it snowing (not likely to last long) the universe all simmering in white.4— — We are coming home on Monday the 26th; and hope to see you very soon after that. Yours al[w]ays T. Carlyle