The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JAMES CARLYLE THE YOUNGER ; 3 January 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530103-TC-JACA-01; CL 28: 1-2


Chelsea, 3 jany, 1853—

Dear Jamie,

I have addressed the inclosed Letter to Mr Glen according to all the light I have; “Messrs Dunlop,” as your Uncle the Dr bade me:1 I think you might well have some difficulty with such an indication; but suppose it to be all right nevertheless, and that you will find Mr Glen, with not much asking. He used to have a Business and Office of his own (if I mistake not); but has probably changed his mode of procedure in late years.2 He is a very kindly, intelligent and pleasant man, whose company might be agreeable and useful to you now & then, if you were fairly acquainted with him. He is younger Brother of the poor Mr Glen of “Carstammon,”3 of whom you have heard; and has known me these many years.— Seal the Letter after you have read it: if you do not find him personally at “Mssr. Dunlop's,” inquire how and where you may; if, after all, you have to leave the Letter without seeing him (which in fact may be the best way, at least if you can find his own house and leave your letter there), be sure to leave your Address along with it,—some card with your Address! But I suppose I need not instruct you in these small particles, by this time.

The Mr Hope, mentioned in the Letter, is still better known to me,—and is an extremely kind, douce, cheerful and successful Annandale man:—if you wanted a special Note to him, find out his Address (“Fleming & Hope” was in old times & perhaps still is the title of the House),4 and I will send one to you.—

Nay I think I had better send one at any rate: and here accordingly it is!5 Do the best you can, dear Jamie, with these and all other opportunities; stand truly to your work, do it valiantly faithfully; cultivate veracity in all kinds (veracity of act and of word and of thought);—and in general, be rather careful of what you say, and often do not say a thing even tho' true,—and on the whole, live rather with closed lips and eyes wide-open, and all faculties awake, in that strange new scene of yours! Good be with you, dear Jamie, always.— Your affectionate Uncle T. Carlyle