322.: mill to ricardo3[Reply to 321.—Answered by 323] - David Ricardo, The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, Vol. 8 Letters 1819-June 1821 
The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo, ed. Piero Sraffa with the Collaboration of M.H. Dobb (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005). Vol. 8 Letters 1819-1821.
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mill to ricardo
[Reply to 321.—Answered by 323]
East India House 7th. Septr. 1819
My Dear Sir
I have just received your letter, and as I am quite decided that not one of your reasons is a good one, I shall write to Napier that you undertake the article. If you had felt any objection, even founded on feeling, I should have given way—if you had not liked the idea of giving your name to a partnership work—though a work which has the names of Dugald Stewart, Playfair, Walter Scott, Barrow, &.c., can do no discredit to any name—I should have said you were entitled to judge for yourself. But to give only reasons, which, if acted upon, would for ever hinder you from doing any thing, is too bad. As for time, take your own time. I will undertake for you, you shall not be hurried. And then, again, as for your not being able to work for time, it is all a fancy. You are not a puling sentimentalist—a thing that must be governed by, not govern, its fine feelings! A couple of hours, each day, and a great deal less, would accomplish the thing in a month—and if you want any book, name it, and it shall be sent to you. The last plea, of want of ability, you ought to be ashamed of yourself for stating. So now I hope you are properly scolded, and having kissed the rod, like a good disciple, are taking seriously to your task. You ought to be thankful, if your house is going to be full, of having an excuse, for appropriating a little of each day to yourself. Why, surely, you can manage to get up two hours before breakfast. Mrs. Ricardo is up three.
Whiggery is whiggizing most characteristically on the present occasion. It would like dearly to make a howl about the Manchester massacres for the sake of turning out the ministers; but it is terrified out of its miserable wits to do so, for fear of aiding parliamentary reform, to which it seems to shew pretty distinctly that it would prefer an iron despotism. “Sometimes indeed they speak with so much alarm of the numerous and frequent meetings of the people as to impress me strongly with the opinion that they would be willing to forbid them by law altogether.” These are your own words, speaking of the Whigs you have lately had about you. This is pretty well—is it not? What are you and I to think, reasonably, about such gentry? About their understandings, if they are sincere? About something else, if they are not sincere? If they dread the meetings of the people, because they worship bad government—they are right—and nothing will save them, but the degrading despotism they would prefer. If they dread them, as supposing the people hostile, or likely to be made hostile to property, it is folly; as the temperance and self-command of the people on so many recent occasions might convince them. The displays of talent and virtue have all changed sides; gone over to the people, from those inferiors of theirs who call themselves their betters.
I have seen a paragraph in the Times of today about the health of Brougham, which fills me with alarm—if true, I am afraid it is his health in a very unhappy sense.
It gives me great pleasure that you had a fellow combatant and a good one in Miss Hobhouse. I have no doubt, that you had the victory in every thing except in positiveness of assertion. I like to hear that she is an admirer of her brother, in whom I think there is a great deal of stuff of the best sort. He is a man capable of great things, if he takes pains with himself, and keeps among right people. You should encourage him to come about you. It will do him much more good than tying himself up in the apron-strings of Burdett. If you see his sister again, you may tell her I said so.—I hardly know what I have said—for I had but 10 minutes for you—adieu.