The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON ; 16 March 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18400316-TC-SWH-01; CL 12: 74-75


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea, / London, 16 March, 1840.

My dear Sir,

In the firm faith that you have still some remembrance of me, and that you are still the same friendly man as of old, I crave leave to introduce to you Signor Ruffini,1 a young Genoese Exile, about to settle in Edinburgh as a Teacher of Italian; in whom, for his own and others' sake, I take much interest. A generous, wise or unwise, interpretation of his duties as a citizen, and generous resolution to act upon that, has driven him out of his own country and an enviable position there, to work out a much more rugged destiny among strangers. The brave man deserves help from the brave. If you can in any way encourage or assist him, I will beg you to do it. He seems, what is not a universal case, capable of being helped; and indeed I think you will find him both likely and worthy to succeed.

It is many a day and year since I heard anything directly from you. My thoughts go often to Scotland, go daily thither; but all is becoming more and more spectral for me there. Ah me!

If Moir2 still remember me, pray certify that I still hold him in affection; tho I think he quizzes me occasionally—the dog. Were he not so shocking a Tory,—nay Tory as he is, I would recommend Ruffini to him also.

Pray offer my kind remembrances to Lady Hamilton;3 and believe me always,

My dear Sir / Yours with true regard,

T. Carlyle