January-July 1843

The Collected Letters, Volume 16


TC TO [CHARLES DICKENS] ; 18 May 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18430518-TC-CHDI-01; CL 16: 171-172


Chelsea, 18 May, 1843—

Dear Sir,

I think your Project looks, especially in your hands, much more feasible than the other did;1 one may hope too that, if realized, it may lead to some third thing better still. It is urgently desirable that “Authors,” or Persons who lead the Public Mind whatever title they may bear, should gradually form some kind of Brotherhood with one another, and become an organised Corporation, as far less important bodies of man have done: and in the present state of Authorship, perhaps the bringing of Authors together into a room, that they may occasionally look on one another and grow accustomed to one another, is almost all that can be done for that unfortunate class. I shall wish you heartily success in this adventure.

As for myself, I am so circumstanced in various respects I have found it unadvisable hitherto to become a member of any Club, reunion or general Assemblage of men whatsoever; my necessity is rather to live in the utmost quiet and solitude that is possible for me here. On other men, meanwhile, other duties are laid. For me too, better health, and other changes, may by and by make new habits eligible. I will wish you again all manner of success; and remain, as a spectator for the present,

Very Sincerely Yours /

T. Carlyle