The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO HENRY DUNIPACE ; 17 December 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18411217-TC-HEDU-01; CL 13: 318-319


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 17 Decr 1841—

My dear Sir,

Accept kind thanks, you and all your associates, for your zeal to serve me. This invitation of yours, coming on me unexpectedly from scenes once so familiar and now grown so remote, like the voice of a new generation now risen up there, is almost an affecting thing.1 In some true sense I can take it as a voice from the young ingenuous minds of Scotland at large, calling to me, in these confused deep-struggling times, “Come thou and teach us what is good!” If I did not hope still, by other ways, to do what is in me towards teaching you, I should be doubly sorry to answer in the negative.2

Ten years ago such an invitation might perhaps have been decisive of much for me; but it is too late now. Too late, for many reasons, which I need not trouble you with at present.

I will solicit a continuance of your regards; I will bid you all be scholars and fellow-labourers of mine in things true and worthy; that so we may still work in concert at a distance from one another and apart, since together it is not possible for us.

with sincerest wishes, /

Yours always /

T. C.