April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO C. G. DUFFY; 9 December 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18491209-TC-CGD-01; CL 24: 307-308


Chelsea, 9 Decr, 1849—

Dear Duffy,—Read the enclosed Testimony (if you have a pair of good spectacles at hand), and shew it to the Contributor who denounced Hargreaves's1 appointment to the Encumbered Estates Commission as a ministerial job,2—thereby irritating me and others agt Hargreaves and the Ministers. The fact is other than your Contributor supposes; the fact is not so at all. Let him in future know this; or do you at any rate, who abhor injustice to anybody, keep it in view on occasion. My correspondent is a man of the strictest veracity and equity, and even of a pedantic scrupulosity in regard to exactness: poor fellow, hearing my righteous indignation agt Hargreaves and Co, he went silently into the matter, and two days ago surprised me (and indeed bored me, for I had forgotten Hargreaves, and cared or care nothing about him) with Letters from barristers, verbal testimonies &c &c, which I cannot for a moment refuse to take as decisive evidence that Hargs probably is a truly able man in this business, and that his appointt indisputably is not a job, but the best the poor man could do for the service in hand. “Copy me that testimony,” I said, selecting the first read to me, “and it shall go where right will be done upon it.”— And so there you have it; and I at least am quit of it, and of my indignation on this subject, forever and a day!—

We sometimes get the Nation on Saturday night; but the last two times, your man I think has been too late, for it has failed. Quicken him a little; punctualise him: that might be worth while. Adieu

T. Carlyle