The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO ARCHIBALD GLEN ; 3 January 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530103-TC-AG-01; CL 28: 1


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea London, 3 jany, 1853—

My dear Sir,

This will be delivered you by a young James Carlyle, a Newphew1 of mine (eldest son of my youngest Brother), who has lately quitted agricultural Annandale for some kind of Business life in your big City. He starts in some subaltern department of the Caledonian-Railway Office; and, of course, ought to improve and expand himself with his present opportunities, and become gradually fit for better. He is an honest hearted, solid, amiable lad; and I think does not want for talents, if he choose to struggle sufficiently in exercising and cultivating them.

Whether you can do anything for him, now and then, in the way of countenance, protection and advice, I do not know; but if you can at any time, I am very sure you will for my sake; and so I leave it with you and him and the chances that may turn up between you.

I send my kind regards and friendly old remembrance to “Baillie” Hope,2—to whom also pray recommend this Nephew of mine if there arise opportunity. I do not know the good Baillie's address,—nor yours either well; but yours better than his; and so have begun with you.

May the New Year (which begins here in bleak mud-deluges, not of one kind only) end better with us all than the Old did: “may the worst of our days be past,” as poor Edward Irving used to say!3

In great haste, with many enduring regards and recollections, I remain

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

Archibald Glen Esqr Glasgow