The Collected Letters, Volume 11


TC TO HENRY COLE ; 15 October 1839; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18391015-TC-HC-01; CL 11: 203-204


Chelsea, Tuesday [15? October 1839]

My dear Sir,

Every fortnight, I suppose by your means, there comes to me an Anti-Corn Law Circular;1 written in a valiant, resolute, if perhaps rather noisy and tumultuous way. I endeavour to forward my copy to some one likely to profit by it. I wish the cause, as you know, all speed.

On the accompanying piece of paper2 there is a fact jotted down, which my conscience for many years has been urging me to publish abroad, since no one else would. It is true every fibre of it, and less than the truth; a thing known to me by eyesight, and knowable to every one.

If keeping back my name and all allusion to me in the most rigorous manner, your Corn Law people like to publish this note, they are welcome. But my name is not to be alluded to at all; that is a sine qua non.— If the thing on these terms be unsuitable, pray keep it, or keep a copy of it, till you see me.

I rejoice greatly to hear that you are in the New Post office business, with Mr Hill.3 That is right. Universal Prepayment I hope will be insisted on. Look at the Railways; their waiters, servants of every kind are the most perfect in England, and it is not “collecting of money” that makes them so. It is, being well paid;—first of all, being WELL CHOSEN and WELL SUPERINTENDED. The old plan of having a wooden log or hand-mill in the centre of an establishment, must, in the case of this New Post office (as of much else before long) be altogether done away with, and a man put in the centre.

Come and see me when you pass this way.

Always truly yours /

T. Carlyle