January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO [THOMAS BALLANTYNE] ; 9 March 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430309-TC-TB-01; CL 16: 72


Chelsea, 9 March, 1843—


Dear Sir,

At present I am much too busy for any extraneous kind of writing: nor indeed, tho' my convictions about Free Trade as they well can be, should I, most probably, prove worth much as a writer on it.1 I am as it were too well convinced for speaking on the subject at all, with the due patience. It lies before me as an axiom;—and innumerable things lie behind it!

None wishes your Cause speedier success than I; but I think as before that perhaps my best on behalf of it is to be done here.

For the rest I shall rejoice to see a set of competent Papers, together or apart, on this matter, set in circulation. The heavy public ear must be flagitated and agitated: there seems to be no other way of getting even Bread for England, but that somewhat melancholy one.

Believe me, / Dear Sir, / Yours very truly

T. Carlyle