The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE ; 29 February 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400229-TC-WDC-01; CL 12: 65-66


Cheyne Row, Chelsea, / Saturday [29 February 1840]—

My dear Sir,

I am sorry I could not expect you yesterday; still more for the cause, which I hope is in the way of abating now. I did not call at the Club; my course leading me thro' other streets.

You are an energetic labourer, with your twenty-one letters in a day! Pray, persist, and slacken not. A few such shoulders to the wheel, and the very wheel of Destiny must move.

Forster had seen Bulwer, Bulwer had written duly to Lord Morpeth, from whom however at that date there was no response. Bulwer attributed the silence to the pickle our poor Whig Ministry had got into again; in which, it seems, his Lordship had to act a main part.1 An answer, Bulwer felt no doubt, would come, and in the affirmative; this he had undertaken to despatch instantly hither, as Forster was going out of Town till Thursday next. I will send it on to you. I must bring you and F. together directly on his return.

I found Empson; very willing to act, but unfortunately soon bound for the Country. He was to talk to Millman, to Lord Northampton &c. I have also seen Milnes again; he had made a convert of Pusey the Member for Bedfordshire, whom I wish I could see, for he is a good man, and slightly known to me.2 Could not you go, and blow upon Milnes again: the live-coal there is but of a dull red as yet. John Mill never emerges in my horizon of late; I believe him heartily well disposed to the enterprise, could he be set in motion.3 Agitators are wanted Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!

If you can get so far before 2 o'clock any day, or after 5 any evening, you are sure to find me here. Perhaps on Monday I may be in the Strand; I will in that case try Harcourt Buildings, but do not you stay in for me.

With the worst of pens, and in great haste,

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle