January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO ERNEST JONES ; 20 October 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18591020-TC-EJO-01; CL 35: 234-235


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 20 Octr 1859—


I am heartily sorry to hear of the misfortunes that have fallen upon you:1 misfortunes some of them which provoke one's indignation; others of them to be received with silent sorrow, and acquiescence in the inevitable:—in all, surely, a heavy lot for a man! Nor in regard to your most irritating and probably bitterest griefs, is there much consolation for me in considering from what source they mostly sprang. I must not hide from you my own private opinion, fixed enough this long while, and growing yearly more so, that of all the Causes to which an Englishman of real faculty in these years could devote himself, the Cause of “Chartism” is the least likely to prove beneficial, however honestly gone into.2

I have seen little of your Poetry or other Writings, being indeed much out of the way of all such things, in late years: but I have gathered the belief that you are a loyal-hearted, valiant man, placed in circumstances too perverse for you hitherto; that you have experienced villainy from the villainous; and that you deserve the sympathy of honest neighbours. Fain wd I augur for you, too, a field more worthy of your faculties in the coming years. But this must be as it can.

From a small fund at my disposal, I inclose for you the Bank-Cheque whh is here;3—much wishing it might help to lighten your distresses, and clear away some incumbrances from the path of a suffering meritorious man. To me you owe no thanks for it; only, please, return the inclosed Cover, as a sign that it has come to hand.

With sincere good wishes, in which you might believe if these availed anything,

I remain / Yours very truly / T. Carlyle

Ernest Jones Esq