July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO JOHN STUART MILL; 28 July 1836; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18360728-TC-JSM-01; CL 9:27-28.


Chelsea, Thursday Morning [28 July 1836].

My dear Mill,

I dare say these arrangements about the Mirabeau will do perfectly well:1 if I once saw the Proof-sheets, I should make short work of it. Can you, as the only other thing, leave orders with the Printer to give me a dozen perfect-copies of the thing,2 so soon as we are all correct?

If Fonblanque would give you that other Article,3 now were the time for my revising it; now when I have, in the vacation between two Chapters, a day or two of leisure.

La mort funeste de Carrel [The tragic death of Carrel]:4 this I had heard from Cavaignac; but nothing more till your Letter5 came. That he died in miserable duel with a misérable, as you indicate, is a dreadfully aggravating circumstance. I suppose, such as he was, there is not his like left in France. And to die as a fool dieth!6— It seems to me, as I tell you always, that France has pitiful destinies lying before it: committed to the Unknown; and little wisdom, Force or Worth anywhere discernible to front that with: its old game (with the supremegood-luck which had been in that) flung up; and the new game to be played with such luck as there may be, with such wisdom as there may be!—

John and I (for he came last Saturday) must try to make a pilgrimage to the India House tomorrow, to see you before you go.

We had a loud laugh at your Paragraph which I read him about “payment” for the oatmeal. The estimated cost, I think, lies somewhere between twenty-pence and two shillings; but the accurate point where—this there is no Cambist in the world able to fix. Unliquidated, incapable of liquidation—till the Greek Kalends!7

Believe me always, / Faithfully Yours, /

T. Carlyle.