The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE ; 3 May 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400503-TC-WDC-01; CL 12: 132


Chelsea, 3d May 1840—

My dear Sir,

No Committee could constitute itself on Saturday; Milnes had been called away suddenly by some unfortunate accident to his Father;1 no committee men but Craik and I made appearance,—except a sigh for the past, a wish and hope for the future, nothing could be done!— I found this Letter lying from Cornewall Lewis (Poor-Law Commission),2 who warmly joins himself to us; I had sent a Note to him the day before. How he is to get his Twelve Circular-Prospectuses I cannot say till you come. Forster, who was here yesterday, had no prospectuses, cou[ld not get]3 he said,—tho' you seemed to understand that he had command of the [stock. Emp]son will distribute Twenty (he engages), so soon as you can send them to him[. I] supplied Darwin from my own Twelve at Hooper's. We are now in pressing want of you here! No advertising, nor any work will be done till you come and poke matters up. I have even my own doubts whether Fitzgerald has verily distributed that stock of 2,000; nay whether he is earnestly distributing them.4

You are to be here tomorrow or next day? I address this to the Temple, thinking it probably the swiftest and certainly the surest method. Pray communicate with Forster so soon as possible, take order about these Empson Lewis etceteras, and let us see your face again.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle