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August 1843-March 1844


The Collected Letters, Volume 17


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TC TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LIVERPOOL ANTI-MONOPOLY ASSOCIATION ; 12 March 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440312-TC-CLAMA-01; CL 17: 305


TC TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE LIVERPOOL ANTI-MONOPOLY ASSOCIATION

Chelsea, London, March 12, 1844.

Sir,—With my thanks to the council of the Anti-monopoly Association for the honour they do me, I have to express my regret at not being able to attend1 on the day in question.

No man wishes better to the cause of free trade—which, indeed, seems to me, in itself, the cause of common sense and common honesty—a sad thing to be called upon to demonstrate at this time of day. Called upon, nevertheless, many are, and grievous obstructions on all sides do abound. These, if the cause is true, will of a very surety have to take themselves away, and the sooner the cheaper it will be for them, I believe! But, perhaps, we have not yet got at the whole truth; perhaps it is on that ground not entirely without profit to us, though at their own great peril, that they are permitted to continue yet a while.

Wishing you and all men that mean manfully good success,

I have the honour to be, Sir,

Your obedient Servant, /

T. Carlyle.