The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES ; 22 March 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400322-TC-RMM-01; CL 12: 85-86


Chelsea, 22 March, 1840

Dear Milnes,

I had summoned Bulwer and some others for Wednesday; I have written again to say Saturday. The hour was “Two for despatch of business”; let us say in Placard-style “Half-past one for two,” and stand by that.

Bulwer, Forster (and thro' him, unitarian Fox, tho' with doubtful result); Craik, and thro' him a certain zealous worthy Mr Fry, of the City Merchant class, disposed to be an apostle in this business; then also, still thro' Craik, one Weir a Scottish-German radical literary person, rough, bürschenartig [like a student],1 but not without worth, faculty and opportunity,—and Long of the Penny Cyclopedia; these are all the persons I have yet summoned. I fell upon Milman, one day, in the street; he said “It will all depend on how you manage it.”—“Then come you, and help us!” He gave a doubtful response; but might perhaps come if you asked him. Be you diligent, and bring men up to the drum-head! Your judgement in that is better than mine. Christie will assist you; he has the complete List. It seems to me, the more that come the better, unless they be noisy fellows! A silent man, if he bring nothing, will at least take nothing,—except a little air to breathe, which we can spare him in these east winds. Spedding &c, and indeed all the others that I remember, are more accessible to you than to me.

Would it not be well that you directed your wheels hitherward some morning prior to Saturday? I am here daily till two; nightly after five. Put a Prospectus in your pocket!

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle.

Varnhagen has sent me a new volume of Denkwürdigkeiten [Memoirs], with an epistle faultless as from Heaven's Chancery. Bunsen called him a Radical; he seems to me a born Conservative of the Conservatives.2 God pity you all!—