August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO EDWARD CHAPMAN ; 25 October 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18571025-TC-EC-01; CL 33: 106-107


Chelsea, 25 Octr, 1857—

Dear Sir,

If you read the inclosed Note from Revd Broxholme1 (burning it directly after), you will understand mine to him, and what you are solicited to do in the matter.— Despatch by post, at any rate; and let no word more of it reach me, I pray, in charity!

I had one or two things to say to you about the Friedrich Book.

1° That Robson at the rate he is proceeding, will have done with the Second Volume about the beginning of March!— That does not bring the History up to where I expected;—yet will leave it at a fit point for pausing, namely at the King's Accession,2 after all the wild convulsions of his youth are past:—in Two similar volumes, one may hope to finish it off in no great length of time afterwards.3— But at this rate, you perceive, the Book will be ready in March!4 So that there ought to be no delay in Maps Woodcuts &c; quick movement henceforth;—and especially the Photograph Frontispiece (whh will be still more appropriate to a Book ending where this does, and indeed will do very well if rightly executed,—not well if not) ought to be at once set going!5

I myself do not want such speed as Robson is going at,—and shd like rather better, if there were more leisure granted me, and we did not end till (for example) May. But despatch in a Printer (with correctness of work) is so rare a virtue, I have never liked to check him.

2° I want to ask you about the American Reprinting. Whatever money lies in that, it would be a folly in me not to have. At the same time I cannot take up any portion of my time, corresponding &c about it,—not an hour of “time” is at my disposal till this House-on-fire Business is over— A lean-looking American from the City (on behalf of “Appleton,” I think) used to bother me with Notes on the subject:6 by way of bringing him to silence, and witht much considering farther, I told him he shd have the Volum[es] at £100 apiece! Since whh time, not a disturbing whisper.— I suppose I asked near twice as much as the Real sum? I want you to tell me what the Real sum is;—and to help me in getting it, whatever it may be.

I think of venturing on your slippery pavements, and calling for a few minutes7 (perhaps Monday 4 p.m.);—but do not wait beyond 4¼ and expect me next day on the same terms.

Yours always truly / T. Carlyle