The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO ROBERT CHAMBERS ; 27 May 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520527-TC-RC-01; CL 27: 124


27 May 1852

[About the ballad “Childe Etin.”]1. … The Paternoster Row Grandees have received their quietus much more speedily than could have been expected;2 and must feel rather absurd, one would think, under this new aspect of affairs! There is likely to be a great cheapening of books by and by, and an immense increase of reading in consequence,—which if it were certain that we should get truth and sense to read, or if it were all one (as it is to a dreadful degree all two) whether we read sense and truth or falsity and nonsense, would be an indisputable benefit for mankind! Anyhow, we must try it; and then see what next.