January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO [J. S. BUCKINGHAM] ; 16 May 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430516-TC-JSBU-01; CL 16: 167-168


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 16 May 1843—

Dear Sir,

Accept many thanks for the kind gift of your Book on Canada, which I received last night with much pleasure. I have already perused with due attention the Chapter and the Supplements on Colonization;1 and am happy to express not my assent only but my zealous consent to all that I find there; it seems to me as if I would have spoken every sentiment of it myself,—as if all rational men ought on all fit occasions to be speaking and inculcating them! My notion is that there is an immense silent assent to all that, lying latent in the country, only waiting to be spoken to, that it may answer. In my own case the business is fifteen years old or older; and on all hands I have had the like reflected on me from persons of insight and sincerity, when the matter came in course.

If we had a Government that could and would give the word in such an enterprise, it were very happy for us at present. But in the absence of that, are there not others that can give the word, tho' in a less direct way? I think I know one man whose excellent popular talent might do real service in this matter!2 There ought to be a Course of Lectures on Emigration and Colonization delivered in these years in all quarters of Britain and Ireland. It seems to me of the last importance that the Corn-Law be swiftly abrogated, and that this of Emigration follow swiftly in the rear of it. This, and much else—alas!

With many thanks and good wishes, I subscribe myself,

Dear Sir, / very truly Yours

T. Carlyle