January 1835-June 1836

The Collected Letters, Volume 8


TC TO JOHN STUART MILL; 17 March 1835; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18350317-TC-JSM-01; CL 8:74-75.


Chelsea, Tuesday,17th March [1835]—

My Dear Mill,

You are right in this matter, and yet also wrong; and have sent me just twice the sum due. By the correctest computation I can institute, I find the writing of that thing to have cost me in money-wages not £200 but £100: more than the latter sum, accepted on such grounds, were a defrauding of the revenue. It was among the slowest feats of writing I ever executed; and tho' the rewriting of it is new and very singular work (for I have been at it these two days), it surely cannot prove slower.

Will you therefore cancel this little Document, and make out another for half the amount.

One hundred Pounds thrown away as in a whiff of smoke is damage enough! It is a distracted wasteful world,—where the Devil is busy.— But we are not to speak of it, till the whole is made good again.1

On Thursday night your Book will be welcome, and yourself welcomer.

Ever faithfully Yours, /

T. Carlyle—