January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO ALEXANDER GILCHRIST ; 21 July 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560721-TC-AGI-01; CL 31: 131-132


Chelsea, 21 july, 1856—

My dear Sir,

We set off for Edinburgh on Wednesday morning; to arrive there that night (if all go prosperously), and stay in Scotland for 6 or 8 weeks, I hope.

We shall not see you again before departure; but on our return, shall hope to find you in a flourishing condition, settled down in our neighbourhood.— I called at Chapman's the other day; find they have got, in sheets or otherwise, a complete Copy of the Books to be printed: I spoke of you to the younger Chapman (Elder was not there),1 and settled that you were to call, and get possession when you liked, on presenting a Card from me,—Card is now inclosed. The French Revolution leads off; Mr Chapman can shew you in what series the others are to follow. It will be very obliging if you can spare time for an accurate reading of the Fr. Rn: any errors that are palpable, correct as you go on; anything whatever that is dubious, if you wd be so kind as mark it and shew it me. You will thus spare me a great deal of time and trouble. The Printer (Robson) is the most exact I ever dealt with: by your aid and his we may hope there will come out an “immaculate edition.” Of the trouble you volunteer to take I will say nothing more at present.

The Maupertuis Books you need not mind farther. I have just read a new French Life of him (new, tho' it has lain in Ms. near 100 years):2 the rest of his Books that are of interest to me, I know where to borrow henceforth: and I had rather not have them of my own (dull blustery Pedantisms) after they have once yielded what I want from them.

If you fall in with any likely Amanuensis,—good hand and swift, good sense and fidelity, whatever other qualifications,—I should like very well to find such a one ready for being treated with, on my return.

The Address may be various in Scotland; the Address “Chelsea” will always be safest,—where the Letter-Carrier (John Piper, an excellent man, who will also be yours in Cheyne Walk) always knows where we are.

And so good-b'ye till we return. I send many regards to Mrs Gilchrist, and hope I may be in good case to enjoy a little of her music, against my getting back into these parts.

With many good wishes & thanks

Yours always truly, /

T. Carlyle