1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO THOMAS BALLANTYNE; 17 January 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540117-TC-TB-01; CL 29: 22-23


Chelsea, 17 jany, 1854

Dear Ballantyne,

Your Paper will do very well.1 It is temperately and clearly written; and goes to shew, both that Combination Laws,2 as they can never be inforced, are useless or hurtful; and that Combinations of an unreasonable nature, especially on the part of bookmen, are certain to fail. Perhaps if you could somewhere introduce a sentence to the effect that such was the summary of your doctrine, it might help, in the way of general emphasis to what you say;—also (for example, in the case of the Tailors, or in reference to that general American strike you once told me of) to point out that Public Opinion, impartial disapproval by the Public, is fatal to unjust combinations—?— But the Article will do very well as it is. Nor can I see any end visible to such sad affairs, except in Permanency of Contract, with joint interests, and an actually human state of relations, between Masters and Men.3 From which honest result, I suppose we are yet at a great distance,—with nothing for us but California Nuggets, bursten [bankrupt] Hudsons,4 distressed Needlewomen, and the like beautiful results in the interim!

You have done a truly Samaritan Work in the case of Moir;5 who is certainly a man of very superior worth, and will get across the puddle yet, one way or other. It will give me real pleasure to hear that he has got well settled, either as an Editor or otherwise.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle