The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO REV. JAMES DODDS ; 4 September 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400904-TC-JADO-01; CL 12: 237


Chelsea, 4 Septr, 1840—

Dear Sir,

The Revd David Aitken Minister of Minto (between Jedburgh and Hawick), who is here for a few days, wishes to be acquainted with your Cousin: I think they must be within reach of one another. Mr Aitken has travelled, is wealthy, has a Library, has experience, connexions with the world; a prudent, cultivated man: such an acquaintance might prove beneficial to your cousin, and could hardly by any possibility do him harm.

I have undertaken that you would write to Mr Aitken, and, if not send your Cousin to him (which would [be] the readiest way, if otherwise suitable), at least let him know how the young student is to be come at.

Believe me, / Yours truly /

T. Carlyle

Either Jedburgh or Hawick, I believe, is the Post Town; either of them answers.