The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JOHN GORDON ; 25 April 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530425-TC-JGO-01; CL 28: 120-121


Chelsea 25th April 1853.

Dear Gordon,

I lose not a moment in answering your friendly & kind request1 on behalf of those old friends of mine— You may assure yrself I will sign any reasonable petititon to the benefit of Mrs Glen2 & the Family with my whole Heart as well as with my hand— No worthier pair of people have come across me in my pilgrimage thro' life than Mr & Mrs Glen—at least so it seems to me now as I look back thro' the long vista of years upon a scene still shining in the lights of morning for me. I remember the Sunday night in Bristo Street 5 and thirty years ago when I parted with Mrs Glen & her Husband as if it were still yester night—ah me!—and the year I spent in their House at Annan is still memorable to me & beautiful among my years. If I can wish a pension for anybody, it is on all grounds for this worthy lady since she is unluckily dependent on that help.

There is therefore no reason for writing farther except to explain a little what the petition specially is—to whom it is to be presented—when & by whom that I may consider if (what is possible tho' surely not very probable) there be anything else in the way of testimony or the like wh I cd do to further it— This set of particulars you can impart to me as soon as the affair is matured; and in the meanwhile assure my good Mrs Glen with the kindest remembrances on my part that if I can at all forward this business I shall be right glad to do so—


With many kind regards to Mrs Gordon & remembrances to yrself such as belong to few——

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle.