July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO JOHN STUART MILL; 24 January 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18370124-TC-JSM-01; CL 9:128.


Chelsea, Tuesday Morning [24 January 1837].

My dear Mill,

The inclosed Note was given me on Saturday by Cavaignac, with vehement request to appuyer [support] the prayer of it. I meant to give it you on Sunday. I do not know much or any more about it than what itself says; except that Cavaignac takes great interest in it, and will feel much obliged if you can forward what he wishes. The poor Echappé [fugitive], it seems, is quite demoralised (as they call dispirited), tho' otherwise a brave garçon [good fellow] and good dyer of wool.1 They seem to think, you by your influence in the way they mention could contrive to get him put on trial as a workman: if he be not found fit, they will ma[k]e a collecte [collection], and have him taught. Whether you can do anything in such a business I know not: I assured Cavaignac that your own charities would lead you to do what you could. If the man can dye, he need not in a country of woolen clothiery die for want of dyeing. (I am growing Thomas-Hood-ish2).— Cavaignac's own address is 1. Tavistock Row, Covent Garden.

I have not surrendered to this Influenza, tho' it incessantly besieges me. My Wife has been and is very ill of it. By your walking last Sunday, I inferred you were getting better. Thank Heaven, there is a little semblance of blue here and there in the sky today.

Yours always faithfully, /

T. Carlyle.