August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO HENRY LARKIN ; 8 January 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580108-TC-HL-01; CL 33: 150


Chelsea, 8 jany, 1858

My dear Sir,

This is a very elaborate, clever, and indeed poetical performance:1 but I fear it will not do for a “Summary,” or mere Invoice of Contents; to the common run of reader it would not be intelligible; and it is far too long!— — I grieve much for the immense trouble you have taken with it: however, it will not be lost trouble, all of it, either. Meanwhile the question is what can be done?

Lushington sent you A Summary; giving at least the facts of the Book. On the spur of the moment you could not do much to mend it, but perhaps you might a little,—the shorter the better, always;—and I suppose it will be our best plan now to take that tale quale [for what it is worth].

Make Robson throw off a few Copies of this Proof whh I now have, and we will keep it in memoriam. And be patient with me, and with your fate!— I am here always till half past 3.

Yours ever / T. Carlyle