This volume contains 300 letters presented in full scholarly form, with notes giving information about the texts and their provenance, and also historical and bibliographic information.
Editors, both past and present, of Mill’s correspondence have had to live with the certain knowledge that the task would remain incomplete. To the second volume ofEarlier Letters, Professor Francis E. Mineka had to append three “Additional Letters” that had come to light after the volumes were in page proof.¹ At the conclusion of the fourth volume ofLater Letters, he added another, much larger collection of recently discovered letters, one of which had, again, arrived too late to take its proper chronological place, even in the late additions.² We have been somewhat more fortunate with timing, in being...
East India House
1st September, 1824
My dear friends,
Not knowing which of you to write to, and being thus placed in the situation of the ass, I am wiser than he, and instead of starving I seize both the bundles of hay,² and write to you both. Your journal has been received, & read with great interest, but we have been grieved to hear of Mr Grote’s indisposition, and surprised to learn that you have had so much rain. Last week was with us one of the finest weeks we have had this summer, and the harvest-work which has been...
13 June 1849
Mr Mill presents his compliments to Mr Stark & by desire of the Chairman & Deputy Chairman² transmits in P.C. a draft in duplicate of a Report by the Political & Military Committee respecting the case of Mr Alexander Maclean.³ 1 collection containing 49 pages accompanies the Draft.
In Maclean’s Case, the Chairman thinks that the course which the Court have taken,isa middle course—in as much as Mr Maclean’s position in being compelled to resign, and retire with disgrace, although not a rich but a ruined man, is very different from that...
After seeing you I remembered a prior dinner engagement which in an unfortunate hour I made & should have written to you about it, but that from what Grant told me I concluded there was no chance forthisWednesday.
It is provoking, but pray try to fix some other day.
My dear Cole—I presume this² is printed only for private use. If it were to appear in any newspaper or be otherwise published I should wish my name for various reasons to be struck out.
As it stands, I have...