October 1831-September 1833

The Collected Letters, Volume 6


TC TO CHARLES W. DILKE; 27 December 1831; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18311227-TC-CWD-01; CL 6:e7.


Ampton street, Tuesday Night [27 December 1831].

My Dear Sir,

I am very sorry that all my ‘Paperbags’1 lie at Craigenputtoch, and there is hardly anything recoverable here that can do you the slightest service.

By great searching I have found you two scraps; to either of which you are heartily welcome (for I think you want but one): the first (Faust's Curse) is a literal Translation from the German Play, and has never been put in types before: of the second (the Beetle,2 which is my own) I dare not certify so much; for my Brother, I think, did give a copy of it to some Magazine some year and half ago,—where doubtless it hung suspended for a moment like ‘snowflake on the river’;3 and m[a]y now, for what I know, be fished up as an entire novelty. You are to judge of this point; to take one or the other; or reject both; and always to understand if better had been in my possession, you should have had better.

Believe me always,

My Dear Sir / Faithfully Your's,

T. Carlyle—