The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES ; 16 March 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400316-TC-RMM-01; CL 12: 74


Chelsea, Monday [16 March 1840]—

Dear Milnes,

I think you should certainly get the Hole-and-corner people brought together some day this week if possible. Let us not waste our feeble glimmer of zeal in battling with the dull recusancy of Mr A and Mr B; let us see one another face to face; discover whether the half-dead embers already gleaned will not kindle into red when brought together;—or, on the whole, what is to be done by way of fair experiment as to that. I long to see the matter either in decided motion, or else dead and ended. “If London must lie bookless, Heaven and Earth will witness” &c &c.

Would not Saturday, a Non-Parliament day, answer? I thought to have seen you yesterday, when I left La Mennais.1 Cannot you drive hither any morning or afternoon. Till 2 o'clock I am here, and after 5, almost always.

Alas, my friend, what a horrible blockhead of a world this is!

Ever truly /

T. Carlyle