January 1835-June 1836

The Collected Letters, Volume 8


TC TO JOHN STUART MILL; 27 March 1835; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18350327-TC-JSM-01; CL 8:87-88.


Chelsea, Friday Morning [27 March 1835]—

My dear Mill,

That day at the India House I meant to settle with you about our little cash account, had not Sterling come in: yesterday I ought to have written; but was sickly, busy and incapable of being busy.

I am very loath to decline anything that would gratify you: but I find on the whole, and with all anxiety to avoid anything superfine in the matter, that I must abide by the original scheme. It is definite, gives me no doubt or reluctance; all beyond that is vague, incalculable, and hovers upon regions one would not wish to have any trade in. By it not only is the burden equalized among us, but diminished in absolute quantity; by the other scheme you would have a heavier share of it, but the whole were augmented rather, and my share not lightened. Let us be content then with the best we can do.

We are to be out on Sunday night and Tuesday night; not otherwise that I know of.

I have seen Wordsworth again, and find my former interpretation of him strengthened. He seems to me a most natural man (a mighty point in these days); and flows on there, delivering what is really in him, platitudes or wisdoms as the case may be. A really earthborn well, not an artificial jet d'eau [fountain]: let us be satisfied with the “day of small things.”1

Ever faithfully Yours, /

T. Carlyle—