October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO [FREDERIC CHAPMAN?] ; 2 October 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18561002-TC-FC-01; CL 32: 2


Scotsbrig, 2 Octr 1856—

Dear Sir,

I found your letter waiting here last night. Some three months ago, a similar application was made to me on the part of Messrs. Appleton of New York;1 but the sum offered was too insignificant to be negociated upon; and I fear I forgot to answer at all. The “American Edition” of Frederick is not bargained for anywhere as yet,—nor indeed is the English one: I wish it was all quite ready for that! But £20 a volume will do nothing for us, now or henceforth. It seems rather likely a certain Boston house will undertake the affair, with whom I am already in treaty about something else that you are concerned in.2

Mr. Forster's marriage cards have arrived here.3 We will heartily wish well to that business.— I expect to be home at Chelsea on Saturday night, after all these wanderings Highland and Lowland; the word will then be, All hands to work,—for there is a huge mass of unsorted rubbish now close ahead! Mr. Gilchrist professes himself ready to begin printing,4 so soon as he has had a brief conference with me, which we hope will be possible next week early. I hope that Mr. Chapman5 also is come home, or coming.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle