1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG; 22 June 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550622-TC-JN-01; CL 29: 337


Chelsea, 22 june 1855—

Dear Neuberg,

Many thanks for your Voltairiana: I will look at Luchet (who is a very foolish creature):1 the other Vies [Lives] I know and mostly have, if they could be of any service! Alas, there was never any accurate man concerned in that enterprise; and the French Editions of Voltaire are all a very blind matter.

It strikes me you could perhaps find me that Narrative (by F. himself) of the Strasburg Excursion? Preuss (Leben Fhs I.154n.) says it stands among Voltaire's Oeuvres, one part of it in the Commentaire Historique sur les Oeuvres de l'Auteur de la Henriade, and the other in the Vie Privée de Frederic; both of which Pieces do exist somewhere in the Kehl Edition:2—let me hope you see your way to finding in what volume they are!— I am certain enough I read this Piece somewhere, and even think I have it within a yard of me, somewhere on these shelves; but it might as well be in Balaklava, alas, alas!3

Find it for me, if you can; it and the Narrative Voltaire gives of his first interview with Fk (that is in the Vie Privée) 11 Septr 1740 at the old Castle of Moyland near Cleve (winding up of the Strasburg journey): tell me farther whether the “11 Septr 1740” is a Sunday or not?4 By the best deduction I can make from your Diagram of Days in 1730, it is Monday; but that won't quite suit. One had better be correct than not!5

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle