April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO JOHN CHILDS; 19 April 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490419-TC-JCHI-01; CL 24: 27


Chelsea, 19 April, 1849—

My dear Sir,

Many thanks for your little Tract:1 it is very cleverly managed; and will do no ill,—perhaps a little good, if it can accelerate the launch of little Lord John2 into that “Sea of Oblivion,” towards which I see him sliding now pretty fast. By all methods the timbers ought to be soaped!—

By the bye, there were two Papers on Ireland last year; or rather there was first one Paper (in the Examiner), and then a second Paper (which, owing to Whig connexions of Editors &c, had to be divided into three pieces, and came out in the Spectator partly, and partly in the Examiner of the same day):3 the first of these Papers is obsolete; but the second, I imagine, is still rather new, some of it even to Sir Robt himself,—and might do a great deal of good if the purport of it were once universally laid to Heart; which, alas, it will not be, this long while! For I consider the Irish Paupers, and indeed all “Paupers,” to be intrinsically by Nature's Act of Parliament (whatever Exeter Hall may say to it), reduced to the condition of slaves, of Servants vitally needing some Master wiser than they;—and I believe we shall never, in this world or the next, get to the bottom of the “Pauper question” till we admit that fact!—

I am very glad Fitzgerald made out his visit, which he has long contemplated.4 I always have a project too of seeing Suffolk again; and shall certainly accomplish Bungay, if I come within wind of it.

With many kind regards

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle