August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO HENRY COLE; 7 June 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470607-TC-HC-01; CL 21:225.


CHELSEA. 7 June 1847

My dear Sir,

You certainly do well in assisting Mr. Milman in his Caxton enterprise;1 which is rational, patriotic, praiseworthy, instead of fatuous, false and deplorable, as most enterprises for “public monuments” now are! Old Caxton, tho' not much of a hero to my knowledge, does deserve to have a little stone of memorial set up for him, to mark his transit among us; the Art of Printing (tho' the theme of infinite twaddle in these poor days) does deserve to have its date and place notched down, since there is opportunity:—and I, in common with all good citizens, will gladly do my small part in that service.

Mark me down, therefore, as a subscriber of a guinea; expect that (for my own sake), if I can, I will attend your Meeting; but do not ask me to move any resolution, or otherwise open my mouth on the matter.2 “Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking”;—besides in an epoch presided over by the “Testimonial to King Hudson,3 I do not think I should succeed well in comforting men's minds on the subject of “public monuments”!

Believe me / Yours always truly,


Henry Cole Esq.