October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO VERNON LUSHINGTON ; 5 December 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18561205-TC-VL-01; CL 32: 41-42


Chelsea, 5 decr, 1856—

Dear Sir,

Your offer is very loyal and generous;—and I do think not unlikely to be accepted, if you deliberately persist in so gratuitous a purpose. I have already help,—hired and volunteer;—but your minute acquaintance with the affair is a great temptation. My own time, every moment of it, is taken up with another, much more dreadful, Enterprise.1 My next-door Neighbour (the magnanimous “Volunteer” alluded to,2 who has taken the whole in hand) is called into the country for a week, and I cannot at the moment. He has minutely revised every line of the Fh Rn (which is now half printed), has “dated every page at the top” &c &c.

In fine, keep the matter in mind, and think what it might suit you best to do: within two weeks you shall hear from me again. This is all that can practically be said at present. With much real pleasure in this fine offer, whether it prove available or not, I remain

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle

The French Rn has already, or will have, an excellVerbal Index. I remember feeling, when the Book first came out, that it wd be better for a Chronological Summary: (‘Book I, Chap. 1,’ and then the main points it handles, dated, clearly signified,—and with extreme brevity, the chaff ALL blown away): Suppose you considered this a little?— I do not know.— But a good hand, here too, wood3 differ immensely from a bad, dishonest or blockhead one! We shall see.

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Chapman & Hall's flier for the cheap edition of TC's Works, 1 December 1856

Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland