1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 17 July 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540717-TC-JN-01; CL 29: 130-131


Chelsea, 17 july, 1854—

Dear Neuberg,

1° Walpole's forged “Letter of Frederic” to Rousseau (about jany 1766) I have got the words of, in Burton's Life of Hume (Edinr, 1846) ii.321;—but there is no date to it, nor can I learn when it was first sent to R. or circulated in Paris,—nor whether Rousseau ever believed in it.1 More particulars you will probably find (and could collate the “Burton” Copy of the Letter at the same time, and see whether it is all exact) in Musset de Pathay (vie de J. J. Rousseau, Paris 1821) apropos of that year 1766, and of R.'s flight to England.2 If Musset cannot be had, there is a Narrative by Hume, and another by Walpole,3 which will probably clear the matter;—and at any rate, it is really of no vital moment. So don't bother too much. However, when your hand is in, you might look farther in the old Newspaper “St. James's Chronicle for 7 April 1766,” where is a Letter of Rousseau's own about it (rather maddish, I believe), whh refers to a shortly prior No where the forged Letter itself has been given.4 No more of that.

The “Müller” you spoke of is not in the London Library:5 he too and Söltl may stand over, since they are so hard of access.

2°. There is a good Letter by Rabener, who was in Dresden when Fc besieged it in 1760, which gives an account of that phenomenon;6 I think I have got nearly all the Letter in Jördens's Lexikon Deutscher Dichter &c vi, 237;7 but it has no date;—nor have we a copy of Rabener's Familiar Letters (some equivalent German Title) which were edited as part of his Werke, by Herr Weisse,8 about 1772, or '3, to whom this Letter is addressed. Pray look out that Book, also Jördens (place above quoted, vi. 237), and add what of the letter is wanting in Jördens (very little, I guess),—the date at any rate.

I have nothing more to trouble you with at this hour; nor is the least haste &c about the matter now on hand.

We are out tonight; and possibly (not very probably I) may be on Wednesday evening. Otherwise at home steadily, & glad of your advent any night.

Yours always /

T. Carlyle