1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 11 January 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540111-TC-JN-01; CL 29: 13


Chelsea, 11 jany, 1854—

Dear Neuberg,

I came home about a week ago; but have kept myself strictly private ever since, and seen nobody; having naturally much to think of,—and in particular, many things to do in the way of sorting and settling. Not till I get into work can this wound be expected to heal: unluckily my Fredk and other tasks are far from cognate to my humour just now,—indeed what task in writing would or could be quite cognate? Time is on the wing, as ever; and the Night cometh!1

I have read over your redaction of the Papers;2 and find that, if they were not to be burnt in mass, this is the very best that could have been done with them. Many thanks for your patience, intelligence, and judicious care.

What I want at present is another kind of service;—about an American Bond, repudiated 10 years ago, which it seems has now revived:—I am directed to send it to New York for first-rate management; and want to shew you the Paper &c before it can go.3 Any day at 3 o'clock; or as the roads are now open, you might come on Sunday Evg, if no earlier.4

The inclosed Letter of Varnhagen's (whh please return) came with a Bülow Book,5 which I confess to finding (in parts) extremely tiresome, and in fact ill done,—being mere chaos with a skin over it.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle