The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO ADOLF SALIS SCHWABE; 29 December 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18501229-TC-ASS-01; CL 25: 323-324


Chelsea, 29 decr, 1850—

My dear Sir,

This Note will be delivered by Mr H. Apel, who is a candidate, one of the six selected Candidates, for the Professorship of German in Owen's College.1 He is to attend in Manchester, shortly, on the settlement of that question; and as he is quite unknown to any person there, I have taken the liberty, esteeming him a modest meritorious man, to recommend him to your discretions and humanities, for any help you can honestly give him in the case. I rather think you are not yourself one of the Judging Committee but of course all the Judges are known to you, and the condition of affairs is wholly known to you; and whatsoever can be done for bringing a man's fair pretensions (and such Mr Apel's seem to me) into a fair point of view, so that they be decided on with clear evidence, and not with any defect of clear evidence,—this I may request you, for Mr A.'s sake, and my own, and that of the Institution itself, to endeavour a little, according to your own good judgement to see done. More than this neither Mr A. nor any friend of his can or should request.

I wrote no Testimonial for Mr A.; indeed my personal knowledge of him was not sufficient to authorize such a step: I know him only by two or three interviews, in which certainly he appears to general advantage; and by the favourable report of friends, whom actual experience, and trial of his services, has interested in him;—I have not, except very cursorily, examined any of his Books. But it is easy enough to see, or confidently surmise, that here is a man of general intelligence, good sense, diligence, fidelity, and excellent modest conditions, which are the root of good performance in all departments whatsoever;—and my decided impression is, he would evince himself a well-informed, clear-headed Philologer, and an expert, methodic and really superior Teacher of German to Englishmen:—altogether a very likely man for this Professorship in the Manchester College. That is my unbiassed impression; and I can give no more. If there be among the Six a likelier man for the Professorship, let that one be preferred; but let it be on complete evidence, not on incomplete;—and in that case I think I may add, let the new College esteem itself not unlucky in this one department.

In short, my dear Sir, you see very well what is to be done, if indeed anything can be done,—and so I will trouble you no farther with words at least.

I remain always / Yours very sincerely / T. Carlyle

Salis Schwabe Esq

&c &c / Manchester