April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO C. G. DUFFY; 2 October 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18491002-TC-CGD-01; CL 24: 260-261


Chelsea, Tuesday, October 2 1849

Capital article, dear Duffy, that in last Nation: “Wanted, a few Workmen!”1 To every word and tone of that I say, Amen. Stand by that; that is the real text to preach innumerable sermons from. Properly the one result to be striven for; all other results whatsoever to be measured precisely by their effect towards accomplishing of this! I call this the best article I ever read on Ireland; a noble “eloquence” in this, the eloquence of sorrow, indignation, and belief. Cart is not put before horse in these utterances of yours, the first time I have ever seen that condition observed (that I can remember) by any patriotic Irish writer or speaker whatsoever.

Steady, steady! Hold on in that course, which will spread out wide as the world for you, and you will do immense good; ut fiat [so be it]!— In great haste, yours,