July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO HENRY LARKIN ; 8 July 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580708-TC-HL-01; CL 34: 14-15


The Gill, 8 july, 1858—

My dear Sir,

That seems an excellent map of Prussia;1 and I am very glad you have got hold of it: some of the Pieces (Öst Preussen, for instance) might have been of considerable use to me in years past. I am doubtful whether not to send you the whole back; for I see some places, marked (Trakehnen in Öst Prn, Mirow in Mecklenburg, &c)2 which will need to go in:—if it promise to be of any help, speak and I will send it back; for nothing in it, except Sachsen & Schlesien,3 and these not emphatically, will come into any use here at present.— And, on the whole, please complete your order abt the Four Duplicate Maps;4 I shall not be able to dispense with any of them altogether, neither Sachsen nor Schlesien being quite complete in this set, and my road going over into Böhmen5 &c if I track Friedrich's footsteps as I ought.6

You have wisely retained a general Outline Map for your Brother's use:7 if you keep a good eye on the old Maps of Prussia (1740–1786), you will be able to get the boundaries &c from this Stieler with your accustomed accuracy.8 Maps of 1740 (especially for these first Two Volumes) are our basis, as you perceive: but there were two other Provinces added by Friedrich (prior to 1786), and these it will be good also to indicate: the Princes of Schlesien and Öst Friesland (East Friesland, lying on the German Ocean, and whh is now a bit of Hanover, came to Frh by inheritance, as Schlesien by conquest: this is all the change in his time);—I think I wd advise the plan you followed in Baireuth Map, and Cleve:9 namely, to insert both of the Provinces, the more exactly the better, but to do it in lighter lettering, so as to indicate that they are only adjuncts till such and such years (whh might be marked on the respective Provinces, ‘till 1743,’ ‘till —’ 10 I forget the other, & am not officially certain of either: but Büsching,11 if you take him tightly up, will tell you with exactitude). Pray do your best, as formerly! And let me leave it entirely to your own good sense,—to put in every place that is mentioned in the Text; to &c &c You are fairly a sample of my best kind of English reader, and can judge by yourself what will be furthersome. And don't be too late! Chapman is bound to the “first of October” (middle of September wd be safe for you), and we must not let him slip a 2d time.12

If I had from Cole a bathing Article13 just now it might be useful to me here: but as I understand you, he cannot aid himself with the broken thing at all in manufacture of that other? If so, let him simply mend the broken one, and renew it into integrity agt a possible chance; send it to Chelsea whole & well again;—and we will leave the bathing enterprise till a freer time.— I often (as at present) have your charitable apparatus on me; and it is always at least a welcome change from the other article: sometimes, very easy & complete; but I have never yet got steadily into the method of having it continue so: however, I am gradually [finding it] out;—and already (if it had a broader belt, which I will try for in these parts) I think, on fair practice, I think it will supersede the other.— I believe myself to be daily getting a little better: free air, silence, country diet, extensive roaming over shores & wastes always do me good. I have got a Horse; dismiss the other therefore from your thoughts!14— And pull well till we get to ground. Yours ever truly T. Carlyle