July 1836-December 1837

The Collected Letters, Volume 9


TC TO JOHN STUART MILL; 10 April 1837; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18370410-TC-JSM-01; CL 9:185.


5. Cheyne Row, / Monday Night [? 10 April 1837].

My dear Mill,

Herewith I send you ten Prospectuses of that amazing Course of Lectures of mine.1 One will suffice for yourself; but according as you have opportunity, you may leave the other nine with such persons as you think them likely to concern. How the others, for they have 500 of them, are getting distributed I do not very specially know:2 but your section of the world, I think, must be nearly unvisited by them. If you can make use of more than ten, I suppose I can easily get you more. It is Miss Wilson and her Brother whom you once saw here; they, with Taylor chiefly, that are setting afoot this thing: one of the conditions of it is that I am not to hear a word of the business till the people are all met, we suppose three score or so, in Willis's Rooms.

I tremble to the very bone to think of it. For the Lectures are to be Speeches, that is one of the conditions; farther I have not, with Printers' devils and etceteras, a single moment to study them: you can fancy! But it is a thing I have long wanted to try; nay a thing internally that under certain conditions I have a considerable notion I could do. So, sick and jaded and exasperated and hurried; in this and not in another state of readiness, what can I do but try. It is like a man taken by neck and heels and flung over board, and bid swim or drown. Ora pro me [Pray for me]!

The first day I have an hour's leisure I must be eastward in your region; and hope to make a clutch at the India House.

Yours always affectionately /

T. Carlyle.