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John Stuart Mill

Autograph letters to Albany Fonblanque and George Armstrong 1836-1838

Four unpublished letters concerning George Armstrong’s proposed paper for the London & Westminster review

Albany Fonblanque [1793-1872], radical journalist and editor-proprietor of the journal Examiner, and correspondent with John Stuart Mill. In 1833 to save Fonblanque and the Examiner from bankruptcy Mill actively helped in raising £1000 to save him.
George Armstrong [1791-1857] was a Unitarian minister who over a period had a few papers published in the journals. With the help of Albany Fonblanque [1793-1872] his paper Church and State Fallacies is forwarded to John Stuart Mill for consideration for publication in the London & Westminster Review. It was apparently never published. Fonblanque was to write to Armstrong “I have forwarded your paper to Mr John Mill, and send you his answer. The expression of satisfaction it contains, coming from him, are very strong”
Robert Henderson: A Memoir of the late Rev.George Armstrong. 1859 pp.80-81. See Packe, Life of John Stuart Mill, Bk.4 The London & Westminster Review, pp.191-247 for an account of Mill as editor.
£8,500

MILL,JOHN STUART. Autograph letter signed to Albany Fonblanque.
Kensington, Tuesday [April 19th 1836]
Small quarto, 12.7 x 10.1cm, 3 pages + 1 blank, in ink, last page endorsed in ink in a contemporary hand John Stuart Mill..
“This little book, is written by a young man new at Cambridge & for a young man there is I think much observation, reflexion, & power of expression. It was given me by a friend of the author, who also sends a copy to you on my instruction that I think you will probably like it. If you do, perhaps you will say something about it, as I think of doing in the L & W....”
Unpublished
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MILL,JOHN STUART. Autograph letter signed to Rev.George Armstrong.
Kensington, April 19th 1836
Octavo, 20 x 12.6 cm, 4 pages ink.
An important letter to Revd George Armstrong [1791-1857] Unitarian minister in which Mill reveals the doctrine behind the journal at that time.
Unpublished. A few words quoted in Robert Henderson: A Memoir of the late Rev.George Armstrong. 1859 p.81
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MILL,JOHN STUART Autograph letter signed to Albany Fonblanque.
I[ndia] H[ouse], Monday [April 1836]
Quarto, 23.0 x 18.5cm, 2 pages in ink, small paper tear to corner.
“Mr Armstrong’s paper is excellent, & I earnestly hope we may be able to use it – not in the number which will appear next Thursday, but in the following. We have however been obliged to postpone so many articles, to make room for others of more temporary interest, that our insertion of this would be rendered greatly more probable by its being connected with something which may be exciting momentary attention at the time it comes out. If you think Mr Armstrong would not mind retouching it with that view, we will give him timely notice...”
Unpublished. A few words quoted in Robert Henderson: A Memoir of the late Rev.George Armstrong. 1859 p.80.
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MILL,JOHN STUART Autograph letter signed to Rev.George Armstrong.
India House, August 13th 1838
Quarto, 23 x 18.5 cm, 4 pages in ink including integral address leaf, ink postmark, wax seal.
“....permit me to express my obligation to you for the kind manner in which you continue to write to me, & for the excellent publication of which I have recently received a copy through Simpkin & Marshall & which I have read with the warmest sympathy. It will serve me on some occasion or other as a tent from which to shew what men the present Constitution of the English Establishment drives to the necessity of separating themselves from it...”
Unpublished.

John Stuart Mill - Autograph letters to Albany Fonblanque and George Armstrong 1836-1838
John Stuart Mill - Autograph letters to Albany Fonblanque and George Armstrong 1836-1838
John Stuart Mill - Autograph letters to Albany Fonblanque and George Armstrong 1836-1838
John Stuart Mill - Autograph letters to Albany Fonblanque and George Armstrong 1836-1838

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