October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT ; 29 May 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570529-TC-UC-01; CL 32: 156


Chelsea, 29 May, 1857—

Dear Madam,

There can be no doubt, at least I have had none for 4 or 5 years past, that a “properly annotated” Edition of Wilhelmina1 would be an excellent work: but it would be extremely difficult to do. Perfect minute and exact acquaintance with modern Prussian and German History (and Secret-History) would be one requisite; and a very superior degree of natural judgement and sound sense would be another.— As to any interest of my own in reference to this or future Literary projects of Mr Martin, I could desire that it might not be remembered in the matter at all,—my one wish being to have no knowledge whatever of what he does or resolves upon in that department of things.

Some weeks ago, not without considerable labour, I had secured for him what seemed the very fair probability of a Clerkship in the Museum: it is still my opinion that his one visible chance of a rational existence among his fellow creatures lies in that direction; and it would give me great satisfaction could he be furthered thitherward (or to a post like it) by the aid of you and friends that are so kind to him; but all other resources, tho’ valuable at the moment, I look upon as only temporary,—nay perhaps at bottom as only a worsening of the mischief complained of.

In very great haste, I remain

Dear Madam / Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle