October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 29 October 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18561029-TC-JN-01; CL 32: 20-22


Chelsea, 29 Octr 1856

Dear Neuberg,

Thanks for the Albert Ms.,1—which, alas, is still in excellent time: today I have lost a sheet again &c &c, and it will be hard work to keep my word with Time; namely to have done when the work is done!

I have been twice upon the little Nag: it goes like a saint, fidelity, composure, loyal wisdom, diligence; feet good, head good,—price amazingly moderate. My only fault is, It is too small in the bone; in other words, too weak and thin of figure to go with right emphasis. But it seems in poor condition at present; probably it will improve in a month or two.

I have written to Farie to see what his man can do: unless he can do something good, we will call this a fit, and be very thankful for it. But a good horse, tho’ it costs more at first, eats precisely the same amount of money every week, and soon approaches to equality of price with the bad one.— Let us see Farie first, if Mr T.2 can wait.

My poor wife's cold has grown worse and worse; I hope yours is taking another course.

Glennie of the “Dial” (projected Newspaper) sent me a Letter yesterday;—intensely desirous to see you. I have lost his Letter, cannot give you his Address (something “Temple,” whh perhaps you recollect):3 a card with your

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Thomas Carlyle to Joseph Neuberg, 29 October 1856

Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland


new address4 on it wd evidently fill the man with delight, and bring him at once upon you. Do as you incline. As to me I must keep locked from such things altogether for the coming months.

Do you know anything about Maps, or a Map-maker? Did you ever try to sketch (with pencil or otherwise) the outline of a Map?— — I have a want in that direction, more and more. Yours ever

T. Carlyle

If this fog break away, and you are not here soon, I will ride up to you some day.

Do not forget the Ream of Paper.