July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 28 August 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580828-TC-JN-01; CL 34: 162-163


Carzitz, Rugen, Wednesday 28 Augt, 1858—

Dear Neuberg

Here is your second Note, signal of your actual arrival; whh is a great comfort to me. Yesterday I had written again, in my impatience; the posts go, not à la Rowland Hill but as if drawn [by]1 tortoises, in this Country!—

I am sorry to hear of your illness; from what hints you give, it is a similar case to what has befallen myself since I reached these quarters: a “horizontal position” is for me also the best: I am however got steadily better by dint of care.2

The hospitality of this Herrschaft [Master of the Household] is so extreme, I cannot yet prevail upon Usedom to let me fix a day for meeting you at Berlin: he intends accompanying me so far, and will be useful there in certain points;—one day will do the journey thither: but “Shall it be Friday, then (day after tomorrow)?”— I perceive there is but little likehood3 of certainty in that; tho' I will still try. Saturday is likelier: for Saturday I will make a still more vigorous trial. But be not impatient! Bleibe sitzen [remain seated] (liegen [recumbent] rather); I will go nowhither else; one evg (Saturday if possible) the worn figure of me will darken your door.

Consider Breslau (if you can get a map, as I have): How we are to do Liegnitz, Striegau, Molwitz, Leuthen;—thence how one is to get to Sohr, Czaslau, Kolin, Prag:4—after whh it is all plain sailing.

My regards to Varnhagen5 if you see him again. I wish you could write to my Brother, word of our whereabout & outlooks. “Dr Cle 48. Brompton Row, Brompton, London6 it wd be useful and welcome to him.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

Carriage waiting till I finish!