July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO JOHN STUART MILL; 9 January 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18370109-TC-JSM-01; CL 9:112-113.


Chelsea, Monday [9 January 1837]—

My dear Mill,

There had nothing come to Fraser's, on Saturday night, when I went to inquire: the Review had come hither in the interim. I begin now to suppose that these Copies1 have never been printed. Perhaps four, or three, were still procurable from the waste sheets still lingering in the Printing Office? If not, let them go,—and not take our good humour with them. We will mention them no more.

Leigh Hunt, whenever I saw him, for the last fortnight or more, was in a flutter of joyful expectancy about his Wortley:2 he is now grown quite monosyllabic, my Wife tells me; the thing having never come. It is a great pity that errors of this kind should be committed; which can be so easily avoided; which do more mischief than one is apt to imagine. The avoiding of them not only costs no labour but saves labour, a little tincture of Method being introduced, and sluggardliness flung out. I learn with satisfaction that you have it in view to change your Personnel: the Printer3 also (Printer's Foreman) seems a great blockhead; makes the ugliest errors, on the whole the most sluttish printing I have seen.

Molesworth's Article4 pleases me very considerably. It has a sound spirit in it, resolute, temperate, quiet. Napier5 is strong, but a little savage or so: he does not grow with me so fast as I could wish, the more I learn of him. The Poor Law Fallacy6 I cannot read. Latrobe7 is very good in its kind. The Cloister and Crowd I like best; indeed. I stared in surprise at it, till I saw the signature ‘A’.8 Mirabeau has got so disgusting to me, that I cannot bear to look into it; can pray only never to hear more word of it in this world. I have no doubt of its success with review-readers,—so far as is necessary.

You shall have the Sheets of that Book;9 I will arrange How with Fraser when I see him; who will doubtless rejoice to have such a proposal made him. The first Sheet has not yet come. I have still two days of writing; and then! By the bye, have you an O'Meara10 among your Books? If you have not, do not in the least mind it. I can get what I want from it by a journey to the Museum; which perhaps at any rate is the shortest method.— I mean to come and ransack your Bookshelves for amusing Books, while this correcting of the Press goes on. Not many weeks hence, and by God's blessing you shall have all back again, and this Despicability in three volumes along with them.

Ever faithfully Your's /

T. Carlyle.