October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO HENRY LARKIN ; 4 February 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570204-TC-HL-01; CL 32: 85-86


Chelsea, 4 feby, 1857—

Dear Sir,

There is not to be any “Summary” to Cromwell: alone of all the volumes those three are thought not to require one; the Story being so straight, with so good an Index, whh goes along with it. No doubt a good Summary wd be advantageous too; but it wd take trouble, and the third vol. then is already too large.1— Please, therefore, continue the Schiller with your best skill:—briefer, your one improvement. That vol. is to follow the Cromwell.2

I looked over Sterling last night. There appear to be no “errors of the press,” then? I take your careful survey as guarantee of that. These are the chief things to be looked after as you read. Breaking in upon the Text,—of course it must be done if there is an absolute mistake; but otherwise I always avoid it, with a kind of shudder!3 The thing has congealed itself so; cold and hard now, burning hot as it once was: so let it lie in God's name!— I will alter “long-clothes,” for that seems to be a real error;4 and I am glad to know it, there and for the future.

Of the Summary and Index I ought to try to shape a little bit according to my own notions of the space allowable; and I will, if time at all permit. But on the whole you would oblige me much if (after looking into the Fh Rn) you could undertake that too yourself, and compress as needful. For the Genl Index I can give no better model than the partial one attached to Cromwell.

I am very sorry I misread your “Highbury.” That must be the reason you have yet got no Copy of the Fh Rn: Chapman the Publisher was sent upon “Islington” too, and cd not shift like the Postman. This minute I write to him the right Address. If in a couple of days you hear nothing, pray call at 193. Piccadilly and speak. But that, I believe, will not now be necessary.

I am here for you any evg whatever, for an hour or so, Tea at half past 7;—you will come, at any rate, when the Schiller is done, or when you want the Sterling back, or care in any way to come. “Next week,” so far as I remember, all evenings are alike.

Your always truly obliged

T. Carlyle