July-December 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 30


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 5 November 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18551105-TC-JN-01; CL 30: 105-106


Chelsea, 5 Novr, 1855—

Dear Neuberg,

This will do for Jenkins's ear;1 there can be no doubt he appeared on the 21st of March 1737–8 (April-fool day 1738, by new style); and there produced his preserved bit of ear,—his own or some other human creature's;—and that Coxe's Walpole2 has been my first source in the matter (after sight of it in Fk Histoire de mon temps,3 and probably dimmer by anterior sight of it in Burke's Speeches4 or some similar place):—thanks for your arduous search in the matter. If (when next at the Museum) you will give me the place (reference) in Coxe; and (if you easily can) the do in Pope (whose couplet is as good as anything in it),5 the business will be complete.— — Tindal, whom I have beside me, is not a minutely informed man; he does mention Jenkins's case (xx, 372, 8vo editn 1759), but seems to know much less abt him than we, dates nothing, says nothing,—nothing abt “pillory,” above all. That is clearly an exaggeratn of Coxe's.6

And so enough. Thank Heaven for a good day once more;—and let us lie to our oars a little.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle

I do not yet find the Austrian “leaf”;7 but indeed it is not of much consequence just now; and it is sure to turn up, in time.

I open this to say, I want you to look in Thackerays Life of Chatham, I,85;8 and there copy a short speech of Mr Viner's (if you have time), especially to ascertain (Commons Journals will tell) on what day it was? 11 April (I think) N.S. but want to be sure.9

Item, there is a very nice English Book Byron's Narrative (ancestor of the Poet, and one of Anson's wrecked companions),10 whh I want you to look over,—and pick three or four main dates out of for me. As,

1o when (and where) the Byron ship was wrecked; 2o when they set out on foot thro the Patagonian woods,—what day it was when the Captain Cheap11 gloomed because the spoiled beef had been lost, and Byron with bleeding feet went back 7 miles and found the article, &c &c—in short two or three of the main points.— And also in Anson (which likewise is a most entertaining English Book).12

These things you can do at home if you like better; both Books are procurable in the London Library.— We can settle next Sunday night.

T. C.