The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO JOHN CHILDS; 5 July 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18510705-TC-JCHI-01; CL 26: 100-101


Chelsea, 5 july, 1851—

Dear Sir,

Here is the Newspaper Fragment again; with many wishes for the end of that “monopoly,” as of all pieces of foul play in this poor world!1 I perceive it will certainly terminate with the “nine years” at latest; but probably they will hang on till then. They ought to have no rest in the mean time.

Thanks for your call to Suffolk and hospitable Bungay. I have been held very busy here with an infinity of small matters. But it is not impossible I may take a sail to Ipswich, a thing I have long rather meditated; in which case, after a day or two of Boulge,2 Bungay wd loom beautifully ahead! “Milk from the cow” would in fact be the saving of me,—fresh air and it, in continuance, wd make the Earth habitable for me:—but alas, alas, the dusty public has made arrangements not for this but for beer and French cookery and Parliamentary Debates and Gorham controversies3 and the like;—and I can't have it in continuance at all! Many a time I say, “All the French cooks in Nature, with Soyer4 at the head of them and the Bank of England fire in the rear, cannot, if they labour till they die, make as good an article for living on, as one healthy Cow will;—may the Devil confound them, and those that employ them on such a job!” And alas it is so in so many other departments of our business, or rather in all other!— Believe me

Yours always truly / T. Carlyle