Considerable scholarly attention has been lavished on the relationship between the great Victorian man of letters Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and the Transcendentalist luminary Ralph Waldo Emerson, particularly regarding Emerson's role in publishing Carlyle's works in America. However, a newly discovered letter underlines the fact that Emerson did not act alone, having received crucial support in editing Carlyle's works from Charles Stearns Wheeler, a young Harvard graduate.

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