The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO W. C. BENNETT ; 6 April 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530406-TC-WCB-01; CL 28: 99


Chelsea, 6 April, 1853—

Dear Sir,

I have read your little Pamphlet,1—with pleasure, so far as you are concerned. You seem to have been engaged in an arduous, disagreeable, yet indispensable duty; and to have managed your pleading with great clearness, circumspectness, and the eloquence which honest zeal inspires. Your specimen scholar from the Roan's School is a marvellous article!— I hope you will completely achieve the reform of that scandalous mismanagement, to the benefit of this and future generations; and cannot but wish there were such a preacher in every locality where such an abuse insults mankind,—a rather frequent case, I believe, in poor England just now.

Such work, I continue to think, is much more melodiously “poetical” for a human soul than the best-written verses are.

Believe me / Yours very truly

T. Carlyle