August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO BENJAMIN HAWES; 30 November 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18461130-TC-BH-01; CL 21:100-101.


Chelsea, 30 Novr 1846

My dear Sir,

According to Mr Fleming's kind message, I now send you Mr Christie my late Amanuensis;1 for whom I am much gratified indeed that you have found some beginnings of employment. I can with great truth testify to his probity of character, to his industry, patience, intelligence,—to his general fitness for doing, or assisting to do, any common intellectual work. A man of real worth and faculty in his sphere; a cheerful, humble-minded, well-doing man; who, under his rude exterior, conceals a great deal of peaceable energy, and abundant wholesome common sense in all its forms;—and has in fact a robust capacity for getting labour done, whenever the way to do it is shewn him. If you can bear with his inexperience for a little, and take the trouble to instruct him clearly what it is you want of him, I am much mistaken if you do not find him a really useful helper. Real help;—and I venture to say less of hindrance along with it than in most other men I have had to do with.

Pray try him, on my recommendation, so far as you can! To bring the worker to his work (which often lies very far from him), it is the noblest beneficence man can do to man!

With many thanks of my own too—I remain always

Sincerely Yours /

T. Carlyle