April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO AN UNIDENTIFIED CORRESPONDENT ; 2 October 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18441002-TC-UC-01; CL 18: 227


Chelsea, 2 Octr, 1844—

My dear Sir,

Tonight I had a Letter from Dodds the Clerk in Edinburgh; informing me that he had made a new engagement, much to his mind, in that City; and that, in any case, he had given up for the present all thought of removal to London.1 His new Patron is Mr John Hunter W.S., who may perhaps be known to you;2 Dodds has good outlooks there; a tolerable salary (he does not say what) for the present, and a prospect of promotion &c &c. He requests me to say, with the most grateful thanks on his part, that you are not to trouble yourself farther with caring for him at present.

I should still wish that, if opportunity offered, you could see this Youth with your own eyes, and form your judgement about him: but in real truth, probably this Edinburgh situation may be a suitabler and safer one for him than any we could have fallen in with here.

I was in Hampshire for about ten days; that is all the rustication I am like to get this year. The brown leaves, I suppose, will warn you soon to return to us. We have been very quiet,—terribly black with easterly wind and smoke-fogs, once or twice; and are now decidedly getting noisier again.

With many kind wishes and regards / I remain

Yours always sincerely

T. Carlyle