1824- 1825

The Collected Letters, Volume 3


TC TO JOHN TAYLOR; 12 January 1825; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18250112-TC-JTA-01; CL 3:248.


23. Southampton-street, Pentonville, / Wednesday [12 January 1825].

Dear Sir,

The printer and I are within four sheets of the end of Schiller's Life; unless there be some delay in the boarding (which I now write partly for the purpose of requesting you to forward), the Book will be ready in a few days. Mr Bull1 says, the plate shall not be wanting: he wishes to know who is your copper-plate-printer. May I beg of you to take some charge of all these matters: I am in greater haste than ever to get out of Town.

Whatever advertising you mean to bestow on Schiller may now go on forthwith. Allowing for all accidents (the event of which I know but too well), the first of February might with confidence be announced as the day of publication. I think the Title ought to be: “The Life of Friedrich Schiller, Comprehending an Examination of his Works,”2 and nothing farther. It looks more modest, and is still sufficiently descriptive. In the newspapers if you think it profitable, you are entitled farther to say that it includes “extracts from his writings and notices of his contemporaries”: but the very shadow of a puff is a thing I would have avoided.

On the whole, the poor little Book pleases me better now than it did. I think it cannot fail of selling, extensively enough to bring you handsomely out of the concern, provided the public are once made aware of its existence.

Mr Richards3 has on the whole behaved like “a man of honour”: my sole request now is that there be no delay in other quarters.

I mean some day to come over and see you; tho' you live at a distance truly frightful.

Believe me always, / My dear Sir, /

Sincerely yours, /

T. Carlyle—