The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO WILLIAM MACCALL ; 13 October 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531013-TC-WM-01; CL 28: 289


Chelsea, 13 Octr, 1853—

Dear Maccall,

I spoke to you incidentally, last time we met, about a young Scotchman, an Ex-Unitarian Minister in or near Portsmouth, who once called on me here, and whom you also had met; he is originally of the Aberdeen Region (I think); but his Name and Address I have entirely forgotten,—and must now ask you to help me to, if you can.1

The business is this. A situation, Teacher of English in a certain new Grand-Ducal Institute at Weimar, is open; for which it seems to me possible, tho' not by any means certain or perhaps even very probable, he might suit: at least I would inquire farther in reference to him and it. I am afraid he knows no German? Which is certainly a drawback. On the other hand, his pronunciation and accent seemed to me tolerably English: and, what is very fundamentally important, he appeared to be a man, of good general instruction, and real sense and worth. Tell me what has become of him; and what you think of such a situation in reference to him. Or of course in reference to any other that you may know; for I would fain get the Grand-Duchess the best man going,—at the money!

Salary officially certain is about £100,—to which by private teaching in Weimar, it is reckoned, £50 more might be added. A quiet, cheap, clean little City; with good Ducal library: the headquarters for a student of German.— Write me a word as soon as you can. Yours always truly

T. Carlyle