October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO THOMAS BALLANTYNE ; 28 April 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460428-TC-TB-01; CL 20: 181-182


Chelsea, 28th April, 1846.

Dear Sir—I have received your copy of the Examiner to-day;1 and am very glad indeed to see you get along so handsomely. Continue to tell a straight manful story about what comes before you; and people will not fail to listen. They are getting every day more prepared to hear one's full mind spoken about all manner of matters.

Since I saw you I have passed an evening with Mr. Cobden; whom I found, what all the world find him, a most distinct, ingenuous, energetic well-conditioned man;—very like getting through work; of which he has already done a good spell, and will yet have more to do. Nobody here seems in the least to understand what will become of the Parliament and Peel's Bill; nobody that I see reads a word of the Debates, all men seem sick of them, none knows where they will end. The confusion seems deepening every day; and to me at times issues lie visible in it which are very far from exhilarating! We must even let the Destinies do their will.

The new edition of Cromwell is now out of my hands, all but the Proofsheets; the Printers say they will have it ready about the beginning of June. It has met with a very unexpected reception in the world:—I fancy in fact it will far survive all my other Books; and may be the beginning of great benefit to this bewildered world, in various ways.

Since Mr. Espinasse is still with you, I wish you would impart to him (send after him to Edinburgh if necessary) the following tidings: That there are to be, either here or in America, or in both countries, new editions straightway of these Books of mine, The Miscellanies, Sartor, Heroes, French Revolution; the whole of which I have to read over again for errors. Mr. Espinasse knows what is expected of him, according to his opportunities, in that case.2 Heroes and F. Revolution I believe come first. If you will tell him this, it is all the message.— I am very glad you made him halt a while in Manchester: I hope you will find some good work for him there yet. He will quit his “Sarcasms” by and by; and open himself abroad to more genial recognitions, which will come out in a fruitfuller dialect.

I am in much haste, as usual; I send you many good wishes and regards; and remain always,

Very sincerely yours,