The Collected Letters, Volume 12


TC TO WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE ; 24 December 1840; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18401224-TC-WDC-01; CL 12: 373


Chelsea, 24 Decr, 1840

Dear Christie,

Inclosed is a Letter about Simpson the Candidate for the Librarianship: the writer is a Dr Murray, an Edinburgh literary man of respectable character, whom I knew long ago. Let it be in retentis [held] till this mighty matter get settled.

I had yesterday an immense Letter from Cochrane; he is coming up on the 2nd of January; and, I suppose, will invade your quarters then. He has sent a considerable Pamphlet of Testimonials, printed several years ago, without effect, in reference to the Advocate's Librarianship and the Signet do,—in both of which adventures he failed.1 He offers to reprint certain of these, with others now, for our behoof. I leave them with Brittan,2 and request you to look at them, and shew them to your neighbours, as you find occasion. One other point: the Pamphlet, it seems, is unique, the safety of it must be guarded like the apple of one's eye! My conviction that this Cochrane, since we can get him, will be the most important of acquisitions for us, is strong.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle