1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 20 October 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18541020-TC-JN-01; CL 29: 173-174


Chelsea, 20 Octr, 1854—

Dear Neuberg,—I have been to the State-Paper Office; I inquired your path thither; and now send you the outline of a little “Petition” (you are not tied to any form of phrase, but that will do, and is the briefest); which you are to put into the inside of that Note of mine to Lord Clarendon,1 then put the whole into a Cover, seal it (with wax, I suppose, is politest); address “To the Right Hn The Earl of Cln / &c &c &c / Foreign Office,” and put in the Post Office: answer will come in due time.— And you will have a handsome spell of work ahead of you! But the whole History of Fk Wm's Court, I perceive, lies there, for the first time; and we shall surely be able to make something of it,—Wilhelmine of Baireuth2 and we! For the rest, it is really rather amusing to read, if one have time, and soundness of nerve.

I am impatient to see the “new Books,”—especially the genealogical Book will be useful to me daily;3 the Köhler too attracts powerfully my wandering curiosity.4 Do not fail Sunday night!

There is a Painter, one Mr Tait, on your side of the Town, who has been in Thüringen lately, and has brought home excellent copies of the Luther's Mother and Luther's Father, by Kranach, which we saw in the Wartburg that morning.5 The Luther's Self, which we saw there, seemed to Tait to have been repainted, so he did not copy that. A very good little man; it is possible he too may be here on Sunday night.6

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle