TC TO THE TRUSTEES OF OWENS COLLEGE, MANCHESTER ; 1 May 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500501-TC-TOCM-01; CL 25: 78-79
TC TO THE TRUSTEES OF OWENS COLLEGE, MANCHESTER
GENTLEMEN,—In reference to Mr. J. A. Scott, now a candidate for one of your Professorships, and for the Presidency of your new Institution, may I take the liberty to testify what long acquaintance has given me the means of knowing, that he is certainly a man of strong original intellect; of an ardent, earnest, and laborious character, at once zealous and discreet, who has made many fine acquirements both as a scholar and as a man; who possesses, for one thing, a distinguished talent for lecturing; and, I should expect, would excel much as a teacher, wherever that method came in play.
The scheme of your new College, or your plan of further developing it, is not known to me; but certainly, for such enterprises, this seems to be the kind of man. A man who, along with his remarkable faculties and energies, exhibits a depth of composure no less remarkable; who knows the means to ends, and can be reticent and patient as well as ardent: whatsoever such a man will deliberately undertake, he is likely to push it towards completion with great stedfastness, prudence and dexterity.
I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, your obedient servant,
T. CARLYLE 1
5 CHEYNE ROW, CHELSEA, 1st May 1850.