The Letters of John Stuart Mill - Vol. 2

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all popular constituencies, and worthy of the rank which belongs historically to Westminster as the head and front of the Reform party. In answer, therefore, to your question, I assent to having my name submitted to the electors in the proposed manner, if, after the explanations which it is now my duty to give, the committee should still adhere to their intention.

1865 Aetat. 58.

I have no personal object to be promoted by a seat in Parliament. All private considerations are against my accepting it. The only motive that could make me desire it would be the hope of being useful; and being untried in any similar position, it is as yet quite uncertain whether I am as capable of rendering public service in the House of Commons as I may be in the more tranquil occupation of a writer. It is, however, certain that if I can be of any use in Parliament, it could only be by devoting myself there to the same subjects which have employed my habitual thoughts out of Parliament. I therefore could not undertake the charge of any of your local business; and as this, in so important a constituency, must necessarily be heavy, it is not impossible that my inability to undertake it may in itself amount to a disqualification for being your representative.

Again, my only object in Parliament would be to promote my opinions; and what these are, on nearly all the political questions in which the public feel any interest, is before the world: and until I am convinced that they are wrong, these, and no others, are the opinions that I must act on. I am ready to give any further explanation of them that might be wished for, and should I be elected I would freely state to my constituents, whenever desired, the votes I intend to give, and my reasons for them. But I could give no other pledge. If the electors are sufficiently satisfied with my opinions as they are, to be willing to give me a trial, I would do my best to serve those opinions, and would in no case disguise my intentions or my motives from those to whom I should be indebted for the opportunity.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vi
  • List of Illustrations vii
  • Chapter IX - 1864-1865 1
  • TO ALEXANDER BAIN. 3
  • To Earl GREY, 6
  • To ROBERT HARRISON, 11
  • To MAX KYLLMAN, of Manchester. 14
  • To JAMES BEAL, 16
  • To the Secretary of the Co-operative Plate-Lock Manufactory, Wolverhampton. 18
  • To JAMES BEAL, 21
  • To W. E. HICKSON, the educational writer, 26
  • To J. F. D. MAURICE, 28
  • To PARKE GODWIN, 30
  • To EDWIN CHADWICK, 31
  • To EDWIN L. GODKIN, of New York, 35
  • To MAX KYLLMAN, of Manchester 38
  • To a Correspondent, on a point raised in the "Liberty." 40
  • To RICHARD CONGREVE, on Mill's book on Comte. 42
  • To Professor T. H. HUXLEY, 43
  • To J. BOYD KINNEAR, 44
  • To a Correspondent in Southport, Connecticut 45
  • To a Schoolboy of Fourteen, in reply to a letter asking Mill's opinion on the question, "Is flogging good or bad for boys?" 46
  • Chapter X - 1866-1867 51
  • To the Secretary of the Commons Preservation Society, on the formation of that body. 53
  • To the Speaker's Secretary. 56
  • To JOHN CAMPBELL, of Liverpool. 57
  • From J. A. ROEBUCK to EDWIN CHADWICK, 58
  • To Mrs. CAROLINE LIDDELL, 59
  • TO DARBY GRIFFITH, M.P. 62
  • TO ROBERT PHARAZYN, of New Zealand. 62
  • To Mr. JOHN MORLEY, 63
  • TO DAVID URQUHART, the diplomatist, 66
  • TO DAVID URQUHART 68
  • To EDWIN CHADWICK. 71
  • To H. S. BRANDRETH, 72
  • To the Rev. T. W. TOWLE 74
  • To W. R. CREMER, 77
  • To R. RUSSELL. 79
  • To Archdeacon JOHN ALLEN, on Woman Suffrage. 80
  • TO G. W. SHARP, 81
  • TO WILLIAM WOOD, 82
  • To a Bond Street tradesman, 83
  • To the Rev. STEPHEN HAWTREY, 84
  • TO R. W. EMERSON, - introducing Lord Amberley 85
  • TO W. T. THORNTON, 86
  • TO Mr. OSCAR BROWNING. 87
  • To ALEXANDER BAIN. 90
  • To EDWIN CHADWICK. 92
  • To R. W. EMERSON, 94
  • To E. W. YOUNG, 96
  • To Miss FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, 97
  • Chapter XI - 1868 106
  • To NICHOLAS KILBURN, 107
  • To JAMES TRASK, 108
  • To PETER DEML, a journalist of Vienna. 109
  • To Mr. GOLDWIN SMITH, 110
  • To a Correspondent, 115
  • To the Secretary of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 116
  • To JAMES HENDERSON, of Glasgow, 119
  • To CHARLES ELIOT NORTON. 121
  • To THOMAS BEGGS, a member of Mill's election committee at Westminster, 122
  • To a Westminster Voter, 123
  • To EDWIN CHADWICK. 126
  • To the Right Hon. E. P. BOUVERIE, M.P. 127
  • To a Correspondent, 128
  • To a Westminster Voter, 133
  • To a Westminster Voter, 136
  • To J. H. FLETCHER, of Northampton, 137
  • To CHARLES BRADLAUGH, 138
  • To ALFRED STEINTHAL, Secretary pro tem of the Manchester Women's Suffrage Committee. 141
  • To GEORGE GROTE. 142
  • To ARCHIBALD MICHIE, of Victoria. 149
  • To the Hon. General Secretary of the Chelsea Work­ ing Men's Parliamentary Electoral Association, 151
  • To a Minister of New Zealand. 154
  • To the President of the Edinburgh Women's Suffrage Society, 155
  • To an Elector of Westminster, 157
  • To JAMES BEAL, 158
  • To Dr. E. L. YOUMANS, 159
  • To W. T. MALLESON, Hon. Sec. of Mill's Election Committee, 163
  • To PHILIP H. RATHBONE, 164
  • TO GEORGE HOWELL, 168
  • Chapter XII - (1869) 169
  • TO D. MCLAREN, M.P., 172
  • TO GEORGE W. SMALLEY, 173
  • TO W. T. THORNTON. 174
  • TO STANDISH O'GRADY, 175
  • TO E. JONES, 177
  • To the Secretary of the American Social Science Association, 178
  • TO HEWETT C. WATSON, 179
  • To a Youth of Fifteen, 180
  • To JAMES BEAL, 181
  • To the President of a Committee, 182
  • To T. CLIFFE LESLIE. 186
  • To PASQUALE VILLARI, 187
  • To HENRY FAWCETT, 190
  • To A. H. LOUIS, 192
  • To Lord AMBERLEY. 193
  • To A. LALANDE, 195
  • To EDWIN CHADWICK, 197
  • TO T. CLIFFE LESLIE, 198
  • To A. M. FRANCIS, of Brisbane, Queensland, on various political questions. 199
  • To A. LALANDE, 200
  • To P. A. TAYLOR, M.P., 202
  • To Dr. CAZELLES, 203
  • To ALEXANDER BAIN. 206
  • To ALEXANDER BAIN, 209
  • To G. CROOM ROBERTSON, 210
  • To Mrs. BEECHER HOOKER, 212
  • To ANDREW REID, of the Land Tenure Reform Association. 213
  • To T. CLIFFE LESLIE; 214
  • To FREDERI MISTRAL, 215
  • To Mrs. P. A. TAYLOR, Secretary of the London National Society for Women's Suffrage. 217
  • To W. T. THORNTON. 218
  • To Dr. CAZELLES, 219
  • To HENRY FAWCETT. 223
  • To JAMES M. BARNARD, of Boston. 226
  • To J. E. CAIRNES, 228
  • To the PRINCESS ROYAL OF PRUSSIA, 230
  • Chapter XIII - 1870 233
  • To PASQUALE VILLARI, on the education of women. 235
  • To Judge CHAPMAN, 235
  • To WILLIAM MALLESON, 237
  • To Lord AMBERLEY, 238
  • To HORACE WHITE, of the Chicago Tribune; on Chinese labour. 239
  • To ALEXANDER CAMPBELL, of Glasgow. 242
  • To FANNY LEWALD-STAHR, 243
  • TO SIR ROBERT COLLIER. 245
  • To Mrs. HICKSON, 245
  • To H. TAINE, 246
  • To a Lady, 249
  • To ALEXANDER BAIN, 250
  • To Sir CHARLES DILKE, 254
  • To GEORGE ADCROFT, 255
  • To J. BOYD KINNEAR, 262
  • To H. K. RUSDEN, of Melbourne, 263
  • To HENRY FAWCETT, 265
  • To HENRY KILGOUR, 266
  • To P. A. TAYLOR, 269
  • To Mr. (afterwards Professor) JOHN WESTLAKE. 270
  • To Sir CHARLES DILKE, 271
  • To JEAN ARLÈS-DUFOUR, 273
  • To FREDERIC BOOKER, 275
  • To Mr. JOHN MORLEY, 276
  • To Mr. JOHN MORLEY, 277
  • To HENRY FAWCETT, 278
  • To Mr. LEONARD COURTNEY, 281
  • To Mr. JOHN MORLEY, 282
  • TO ALEXIS MUSTON. 286
  • Chapter XIV - 1871 291
  • TO Mr. JOHN MORLEY. 292
  • To C. L. BRACE, of New York. 293
  • To the New York Liberal Club, 298
  • TO PASQUALE VILLARI. 303
  • TO Mr. MARK H. JUDGE, 306
  • TO WILLIAM MARTIN WOOD, 306
  • TO JOSEPH GILES, of Westport, New Zealand, 308
  • TO C. L. BRACE, of New York. 308
  • To WILLIAM L. ROBINSON, 310
  • To T. CLIFFE LESLIE, 313
  • To CHARLES DUPONT-WHITE, 315
  • To ALEXANDER BAIN. 321
  • Chapter XV 326
  • To Dr. W. B. CARPENTER. 328
  • To PASQUALE VILLARI. 330
  • To GEORG BRANDES, 332
  • To Colonel T. A. COWPER, 336
  • To T. S. BARRETT, 338
  • To EDWIN ARNOLD, 338
  • To J. E. CAIRNES. 340
  • To COSTANTINO BAER, 340
  • To J. E. CAIRNES. 343
  • To Sir CHARLES DILKE, 343
  • To LEWIS SERGEANT, 344
  • To the Secretary of the Nottingham Branch of the International Working Men's Association, 345
  • To W. T. THORNTON. 346
  • TO G. CROOM ROBERTSON, - on the Woman Suffrage Movement 348
  • To J. E. CAIRNES. 349
  • Appendix A - Mill's Diary--January 8 to April 15, 1854 357
  • APPENDIX B - Tract on Right of Property in Land 387
  • Index 397
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