The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO HENRY HART MILMAN ; 16 November 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18521116-TC-HHM-01; CL 27: 362


Chelsea, 16 Novr, 1852—

Dear Mr Milman,

You are very kind to remember in your day of bounty, and I am much obliged.1 On Thursday I am elsewhere engaged for that affair; and indeed could not, in any case, have ventured on St Paul's, for such a length of time as they predict, and thro' such deluges of hard-elbowed human Stupidity and Irreverence as I see too well there will certainly be.— Chelsea, even to us who lie on the lee side of it, is nearly uninhabitable in these days. The utmost that Fallen Humanity can do to desecrate one of the most sacred things that can happen in the world, is now being done! In cities that contain a canaille approaching to the cipher of 2,000,000, it strikes me there ought to be no more Public Funerals transacted on these terms.

With kind regards to the Lady,2 and many thanks to yourself,

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle