August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 12 November 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18571112-TC-JN-01; CL 33: 114-115


Chelsea, 13 [12] Novr, 1857—

Dear Neuberg,

They have taken my Preuss (big Lebensgeschichte 5 voll.)1 from me; whh was an unkind cut: however, we must do without, for a 6 or 7 weeks. I think this, following, is the only instance in which I shall indispensably want a glance into the blockhead.

In the War of 1734 (it will be early in vol 1), Friedh, out on a reconnoitring party one day, is vigorously fired-upon (across the Rhine I almost think?), and does not wince in the least. There is in Preuss some vague Excerpt from somebody or other giving record of this.2 Dead, dull, vague as I remember; but I must have it,—and any specification (of when, where, how &c) that is attainable by human industry versus human indolence and dulness!—

If you were to look into the Museum, tomorrow, next day, you could get me this Excerpt, and perhaps hunt it (there) into something of definiteness. I remember it merely as a detached despicable rag, hanging upon nothing,—tho' I have read it many times.

Here is the first movement I have experienced in the Tauchnitz matter3 from Covent-Garden quarter;4 the ansr was, “Print at £50 per volume, or leave the thing unprinted”; for a year or two I wish to hear no farther account of it on other terms.— You may burn Wm's & Norgate's letter.

Sunday Evg we shall partly expect, then?

Yours ever truly / T. Carlyle

I may as well enclose Chapman's Letter too; I don't want it again either.