October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 19 December 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18561219-TC-JN-01; CL 32: 55-56


Chelsea, 19 decr, 1856—

Dear Neuberg,

I am very glad you have decided on taking up that Business: it is clear to me you will find that a more productive line of industry, and far more satisfactory, than any that could have been had out of “Literature” in any form of it. You have been called into the thing by an evident emergency of new demand; it is not your own forethought or voluntary scheme at all;—and yet it bids very fair to form a real improvement in your way of life.1

I ride daily, an excellt swift strong and most good-natured well-bred horse: but I have got a swollen-cheek (bless the mark!)2 a continual headache; and hitherto do not prosper in improving of health. I understand these phenomena to mean the “transition” penalties of change from foot to horseback; and so mean to persevere.

Thanks for the Duchess;3 I will try the Book tonight.— Decker's £30 is probably all Martin can give.4 The volumes are to be the size of the Cromwell ones 3d Editn,—3 of them make four voll. such as those of the French Revolution.5— I make dreadfully poor way in late weeks. My Schreiber [secretary] is one of the willingest of men; but makes dreadful interpretations of me! Likewise the thing has been, as heretofore, inexpressibly confusing and disgusting. God sent me thro’ it, for I never was in the like!

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle