January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO [WILLIAM HALL] ; 20 February 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430220-TC-WHA-01; CL 16: 52-53


Chelsea, February 20, 1843.

I want you to take a copy of my Chartism with ‘from the Author’ in it and dispatch it addressed to ‘Mr. Samuel Bamford, silk weaver, Middleton, Manchester’ …

A copy of the French Revolution is wanted, elsewhere; but this must first be bound, not in a sumptuous but in a reasonably handsome manner; and I must first write the name in it myself …

The new book we were speaking of is coming near a conclusion. I think it were as well if the Printer very soon had a piece of it, to go through his preliminaries upon; for I desire much that there should be no delay in it. I have yet mentioned the matter to no bookseller whatever but yourself;—nor probably shall I. You must consider what is the utmost you can do for me; and let us try if we can settle it soon!

The book will be as large, I calculate, as a volume, perhaps as any volume of The French Revolution; I propose to call it ‘Past and Present’; and it might be announced in the Papers with this addition, ‘A Chartism, Part Second,’ which would probably explain the purport of it there. I consider that probably it will be found readable: but that is your field of prophecy rather than mine … compliments to Mr. Chapman, which of course he will not fail to get notice of, reading this along with you.1