January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOSEPH NEUBERG ; 7 January 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590107-TC-JN-01; CL 35: 7-8


Chelsea 7 jany, 1859—

Dear Neuberg,

Thanks for yr new labour at the Paper-Office. Mailath, Robinson1 & the other Book2 correspond in the “moriamur [let us die]” myth;3 Maupertuis4 is now clear, or shall and can become so; the Carrousel aux Dames5 is in every particular enigmatic, but may remain insoluble if too troublesome. How Ladies “jousted” (for that is carrösel) or “ran at the ring” is at present inconceivable, but not of almost any consequence.

I re-inclose the Hanover review,6 partly lest it be lost; partly that I may not be tempted to read it! I find it convenient to avoid all rubbish of that kind; laudatory or other, it only creates a sordid sorrowful feeling, and puts me out in what remains of my Egyptian Brick-making,7 with the thot of what a crew they are that I am doing it for. I got Chapman's Westminster8 the other day, but sent it off uncut. My one wish is to have the Tale of Bricks (finding my own straw)9 completed in some honest way, and my hands washed to all Eternity of by far the abominablest job ever laid upon me,—much worthier of Förster or of the Herren Preuss, Dryasdust, Ranke and Co than of me!10

Do not neglect to come on Sunday Evg, shd I even fail to come riding your way. And pray remind me to speak to you (a new commission!) about Magnus11 and Berlin Engravers; whh I have forgotten, the last three times.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle

This is excellt Paper, if it were only white. Do not lose sight of it