candlestick

1812-1821


The Collected Letters, Volume 1


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TC TO ROBERT MITCHELL OR THOMAS MURRAY; 7 January 1819; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18190107-TC-RMTM-01; CL 1:155.


TC TO ROBERT MITCHELL OR THOMAS MURRAY

January 7, 1819.

I wish from my soul some less laborious mode of friendly intercourse could be devised than letter-writing. Much may be done in the flight of ages; I despair of steam indeed, notwithstanding its felicitous application to many useful purposes, but who can limit the undiscovered agent with which knowledge is yet to enrich philanthropy? Charming prospect for the dull, above all, the solitary dull, of future times; small comfort for us, however, who, in no great fraction of one age, shall need to care nothing about the matter.