July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO THE GENTLEMEN ON THE COMMITTEE OF THE LITERARY FUND ; 1 February 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480201-TC-GCRLF-01; CL 22: 237-238


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 1 feby, 1848—

Some twelve or thirteen years ago, there appeared in Fraser's Magazine a Series of Papers on certain of the Criminal departments of London Society, Newgate Prisoners, Domestics in Great Houses, and the like; which distinguished themselves not only by the then novelty of such topics in Periodical Literature, but by a practical sagacity, gravity and solidity in the treatment of them, much rarer than mere command of literary mechanism is. To me the Papers seemed to merit unusual attention; and certainly, from at least one reader, they did obtain such. The Author of them, it appears, and of many other writings not well known to me, was Mr C. Wall, now an Applicant for some assistance from the Literary Fund.1

I have not had the pleasure of any personal acquaintance with Mr Wall, did not till quite recently know even his name as a writer; nor can I in the least judge of his claims on the Literary Fund, whose rules are also unknown to me: but, to the above extent, in favour of his Papers I can and must bear clear testimony; and shall be very glad if a humane action can be furthered thereby.2

T. Carlyle