July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO JOHN STUART MILL; 11 March 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18370311-TC-JSM-01; CL 9:170-171.


Cheyne Row, Chelsea, Saturday [11 March 1837]—

My dear Mill,

That sentence you deprecate shall disappear, root and branch, and never return.1

On the other hand I must totally dissent from Falconer,2 and you so far as you go with him, in regard to that of the Jacobins solemnity. It remains lively in my head, as one of the cheerfullest passages I met with in the whole H.P.3 It is burlesque; but ought it not to be so? The Jacobins Society and their doings are not sublime to any man in England; to any man in the world, out of a small French clique. Intrinsically, and as it seems to me in final reality, they are a mixture of truculence audacity and absurdity, not without something of sublimity at the heart of it; which something, if the English are ever to get at it, this vehicle, of banter and bluster, may sooner than another be the means of conveying to them.

And now, after this vigorous protest, I leave you King and master of the passage, to do with it as you will.4 Nay farther I have to beg as a special kindness that you will not let me see the thing at all till I read it baatified5 into clear print; but that you will yourself correct the Proof; doing it in a kind, brotherly manner; but above all doing it,—my hurry and confusion in these days is so great.

My Wife crows over me at the oracle Macrone6 has spoken. It is a new thing in Israel.

I have sent your message to Hunt; and advise him to send over his Article if it is ready to your house at Kensington this very night.

Tomorrow, if I saw you about midday, we could go and have a walk for an hour.

Good be with you! /

T. Carlyle.