The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE ; 21 March 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400321-TC-WDC-01; CL 12: 84-85


Chelsea, Saturday Evg [21 March 1840]

My dear Sir,

I had summoned one or two people to Milnes's Conclave for Wednesday; but learning from him that it must be for Saturday, I altered the date accordingly for these parties. The hour I mentioned was “Before Two”; we had better make it “Half-past one for Two” (in the usual style of Placards): Milnes said “One or Two”; and we must not alter again, if we can help it.1

The persons I have asked hitherto are Bulwer, Forster, Fox (doubtful he); Craik, who is to bring a City man called Fry, and a Scotch editorial character, Weir; he was also to warn Long, but perhaps you too had better speak or write to Long.2 Spedding, and as many of the rest as you see good, and can come at, ought to be brought up. I will write to Milnes about it; and pray do you keep him awake and diligent in the interim.

Two things I think you should be prepared with on the day we meet: First, a complete List of all the adherents already got; secondly, a correct tale of what number of Prospectuses (in Fraser's, Ridgeway's,3 your own, Forster's and Spedding's hands) do still remain to us. In regard to the first matter, I have two new names to give you: Thomas De La Rue, 110. Bunhill Row;4 Willm Weir Esq Glo'ster Road, Brompton (mentioned above)—a third name I conclude is Fry, also mentioned above, but I do not know the designation aright. Fraser mentioned to me yesternight that he had sent a new name over to Spedding. The enumeration of the extant Prospectuses will, if we determine on a “Circular,” of course be essential.— Perhaps I shall see you before the day of meeting? I go to ride daily at 2; am at home till then.

Ridgway forwarded the Pamphlet, thro' the Post, this morning. A man has it borrowed from me; tho' not till after I had run over it myself. I do not in the least quarrel with your way of viewing property as an object of law, one of the most complex objects; and I find your cause vigorously argued. You give Sugden a rap over the knuckles, knocking an absurdity out of the hand of him very handsomely;5 for which, and for all else, thanks, thanks

Believe me, / My dear Sir,

Yours truly always

T. Carlyle

I find I am too late for Saturday's Post.