1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 2 July 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540702-TC-JN-01; CL 29: 122-123


Chelsea, 2 july, 1854—

Dear Neuberg,

Many thanks for your new Excerpts from Mitchell; which are very interesting indeed.1 That Journal (unless it be far longer than I suppose) seems to be a thing that ought decidedly to be printed,—in Prussia, if England cannot stand it: Raumer,2 if he had been very wise, would have taken the whole of that along with him, I think, instead of leaving it utterly unnoticed! How long is it?— I must also, as you say, get into personal communication with those Mitchell Papers, so soon as possible.

Can you find in the British Museum, in Rolandi,3 in Germany or anywhere in the world, a little modern Book (10 years or so since Bunsen lent me a reading of it) by one Söltl (sic, a Munich man) on the Thirty-Years War?4 It is one of those Serial Books, 3 little volumes or 2, of not much merit,—but contains in some Appendix a curious notice about Brandenburg, and the WinterKönig's lodging there after Prag Battle;5 the poor Raths [councilors] at Berlin complain that they cannot longer lodge such a family, have no money almost, and the fuel-wood comes so high, and the butter &c!— I never could see the Book again, nor hear of it even from Bunsen: but it is most certain I read it, and what that Piece of it again,—especially to know where Söltl got it.—

Here is some scribbled matter;6 which you may deal with at your leisure, in the old way,—if you find it worth while. One side of the Paper only; why cannot I follow that rule! It might have saved you this trouble.— For the thing can come to nothing: except perhaps a Magazine Article some day.

We are at home Wednesday night or Thursday either.7

Yours ever,

Thomas Carlyle