The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO DAVID HOPE ; 3 January 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530103-TC-DH-01; CL 28: 2-3


Chelsea, 3 jany, 1853—

My dear Sir,

For the sake of Auld lang syne let me recommend to you the Bearer of the Note, an honest Annandale Nephew of mine, who has come to live and work in Glasgow, in the writing line1 (not writing of Books, thank Heaven!)—and might be greatly profited by a “paternal eye” (like yours) being occasionally cast upon him and his affairs. He has of course much need of culture in all ways; but is docile and ductile, and has faculty enough, I believe, if he make a good use of it. Whatsoever you can easily do in this matter (if you find anything can be done) I do not ask of you, knowing you will do it without asking.

I was thunderstruck to learn, last summer, that your Brother William, my old schoolfellow and patron, was off to California!2 The distressed man in whose behalf you once gave me a reference to him,3 never more made his appearance here: so I had no new communication with William,—and, alas, am far out of the road of any as matters now have come to stand! Who can say whether he is not perhaps wise in this enterprise, after all?

I am much oppressed by the mud and rain here,—and indeed in general by the “contradiction of sinners4 (reckoning myself first in that sad lot);—nevertheless I do, from the bottom of my heart, wish you a right “happy new year” and “many of them,” and what is still better, good and worthy ones, as heretofore;—and am always (with feelings truly of an old date now,—ah me!)—

Yours most sincerely /

T. Carlyle

David Hope Esq &c &c