The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE ; 26 January 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18410126-TC-WDC-01; CL 13: 25-26


Chelsea, Tuesday Evg [26 January 1841]

Dear Christie,

The Postscript1 was altogether right; all that was wanted, had I known of it. “Commutation” cannot, of course, be spoken about again; there is nothing more to be said of that.

As to the voting, I have no plan at present: a place doubtless will not be difficult to fall upon. Alas, I hoped we might have got the matter managed without voting! But if a man's conviction differ from that of another man or other men, he not only will but should express it.— Bunbury, by the bye, I remark, is not on the Committee.2 On what side he will vote, I know not; or whether he is not aware of this fact and will abstain from voting. Of course it were fit that he should be apprised before attempting to vote rather than after.

Mr Hayes's Testimonials have arrived this morning.3 It seems, contrary to what I had conjectured, that he is about Cochrane's or Washbourne's age,—not destitute of wor[l]dly experience at least. His bibliographical and other acquirements seem to be a little more problematic as yet. Is it true that he failed twice as a Bookseller in London here; or only once?— Consider this! Well; I wish we were handsomely over tomorrow.4 Before many more morrows go, I design to be handsomely out of the thing altogether.

Yours truly always /

T. Carlyle