January 1829-September 1831

The Collected Letters, Volume 5


TC TO JOHN MURRAY; 24 September 1831; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18310924-TC-JMU-01; CL 5:446-447.


6. Woburn Buildings, Tavistock Sq: / 24th September 1831


Tho' I cannot well discover what damage or change1 my Ms. has sustained by passing thro' the hands of Messrs Longman and Rees, I with great readiness admit your views,2 and shall cheerfully release you from all engagement or shadow of engagement with me in regard to it. The rather as it seems reasonable for me to expect some higher remuneration for a work that has cost me so much effort, were it once fairly examined:3 such remuneration as was talked of between us can, I believe, at all times be procured.

Perhaps you could4 now fix some date, at which I might look for your decision on a quite new negotiation,5 if you incline to enter on such: I shall then see whether the limited extent of my time will6 allow7 me to wait8 yours.

If not, pray have the goodness to9 cause my Papers be returned with the least possible delay.

I remain, / Sir, / Your obedt Servt /

Thomas Carlyle—