January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO [JOHN ROBERTSON] ; 7 April 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430407-TC-JRO-01; CL 16: 114-115


CHELSEA, April 7, 1843.

I ought have explained more distinctly what I did state in the way of conversation on Sunday week,1 that in my present great bustle of business and total dimness as to this matter in hand, I cannot attend your committee2—that, in fact, I do not see what any committee or person can do in the present stage of the business except inquire, in a distinct manner, of the literary notabilities of the country whether they consider such a project to have any feasibility in it; whether they will take the trouble to meet or consult at all on the subject, or will not take any such trouble. If they all answer no, then clearly the project is unexecutable. If yes, if many, or even several of them answer yes, then is the time come for a meeting. As it at present stands, I really and truly cannot help you at all, and therefore beg to be off and excused.

The prospectus3 which arrived this morning is unexceptionable in character, but seems to me to offer little practical basis for any operation beyond what I have above indicated. I have written a sentence at the bottom of the page which embraces my own opinion of the matter and nearly all the opinion I yet have of it.

Yours ever truly, /