candlestick

1850


The Collected Letters, Volume 25


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TC TO JOHN LLEWELYN DAVIES ; 7 May 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500507-TC-JLD-01; CL 25: 79


TC TO JOHN LLEWELYN DAVIES

Chelsea, 7th May 1850.

DEAR SIR,

I accept with pleasure the testimony of your young men at Cambridge, and value it much. To be “teacher” to the like of them, if they will earnestly lay up in their hearts what comes earnestly out of mine: here clearly enough is the Field of the Future, where alone he that has to “teach” can hope to be of much profit.

In these days it will well behove both young and old (and it is rather a sad task when laid so much upon the young) to “prove all things, and hold fast by that which is good!”1

I have also read your Pamphlet;2 and find it altogether a modest, clear, judicious statement of your notion; a loveable and meritorious performance on your part. Alas, one wishes much such a plan could settle the bottomless question that is now beginning to stir from its foundations!

With many friendly regards, thanks and good wishes,

I remain, / Yours very sincerely,

T. CARLYLE.