July-December 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 34


TC TO ÉMILE MONTÉGUT ; 15 October 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18581015-TC-EM-01; CL 34: 217-218


Chelsea, 15 Oct., 1858.

My dear Sir,

Owing to perverse accidents, the foolish blame of which is my own chiefly, I have not fairly got your letter till this morning! I beg you excuse my seeming neglects.As to the Frederick, unluckily (in one sense) there is not a copy of it left, for some time past. The edition went away “in a week”—the bookseller reports—and not till he get a second printed, which he is urging forward with all his might, can I have the pleasure of fulfilling your request1—Tauchnitz's reprint (at Leipzig), or the better part of it, I see, is already in circulation; 3 little volumes out, the other two soon coming: no doubt it is at Galignani's2 as elsewhere; and if you are very pressing, that will be a resource.

Lewes is in Germany this good while, I know not specially where. Mr Pigott3 I do not personally know, nor anything about The trader,4 in late times, but I will take the earliest opportunity of sending your message in some sure way. The sea-shore is solacing and wholesome to nervous people, physically, morally: one of my own vain dreams has always been that of getting to reside in some solitary place, within sound of its everlasting voice and in the sphere of its grand busities. Could not you contrive more frequently to get back thither, and carry on your work there?5

I have still lying ahead a mass of dreary chaotic labour, which, in my now state of bodily strenght6 and spiritual, is enough to make me shudder! I mean to get thro' it, if I can, and then rest forever.

Your Essays7 are circulating with good acceptance; I found excellent reading in that little volume.

Yours allways truly /