August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


TC TO EDWIN CHADWICK ; 1 August 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420801-TC-ECH-01; CL 15: 3-4


Chelsea, 1 Augt, 1842—

My dear Sir,

Many thanks for your Sanitary Report,1 which arrived duly, which I mean to read over with attention. Glancing hastily thro' it, I am struck by several things,—most of all by the frightful difference of the duration of workman life in Manchester and in Rutland!2 Are you perfectly sure of your details and documents there? It is one of the most hideous facts I ever fell in with in the history of Mammon-Worship and Laissez-Faire. The Govt will actually have to attend to all that shortly, or prepare itself for being kicked to the Devil. We cannot go on in that way, and will not!

I wish I could direct you aright to what parties this Book ought to be sent;—for that seems the way of dispersing it; some thousand or so of persons in England will read it and lay it to heart, if it be put in their way, and few will go to seek it of Booksellers. Could you but know the names and addresses of these same 1000! I, except to the common run of Editors, Magazine, Review and Newspaper, whom your Bookseller already knows, can give you almost no direction. For one, I think you might send a copy addressed, “T. Ballantyne Esq, Guardian Office, Manchester”; for another, “A. Prentice Esq, Times Office, Manchester”; a third, “F. Lucas Esq,3 True Tablet Office” (Catherine Street, I think; but at all events, it is discoverable, and close by you): this Lucas will perhaps send me another name or two of fit men, which I shall then forward to you. Among private persons, “James G. Marshall Esq, Leeds” is of all manufacturers I have seen the most enlightened and humane, and anxious on those subjects.

Heartily wishing good may come of all this,

Yours always truly, /

T. Carlyle