MILL, John Stuart (1806-1873). Philosopher and political economist.
Autograph Letter Signed to an unnamed correspondent, identified on the mount as the Rev Alfred Lyall, 2 pages 8vo, tipped to a mount by the second leaf, East India House, 21 October 1857. Accepting the gift of a work, presumably by Lyall, and discussing criticism of his theories.
The Rev Alfred Lyall (1796-1865), philosopher, had published in 1856 Agonistes, or philosophical strictures, by the author of the 'Principles of necessary and contingent truth', much of which is dedicated to a discussing of Mill's theories.
'... There are few persons less sensitive to attacks on anything they write, than myself, or more desirous to profit by any, even hostile, criticism, which I do not expect that I shall find yours to be. I cannot however undertake always to discuss with the critics our difference of opinion. ...'No letters to Lyall are recorded in The Letters, ed F.E. Mineka and D.N. Lindley (6 vols., 1963-1967).
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