January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO A. C. FRASER ; 2 September 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560902-TC-ACF-01; CL 31: 206-207


The Gill Annan (for Chelsea) / 2 Septr, 1856—

My dear Sir,

I am not acquainted, as you may well suppose, with your arrangements for the North British Review: but I think you will permit me to put before you, for such consideration as you may find it deserve, the following little fact,—which cannot in any case do harm.

Mr A. Gilchrist, a London friend of mine,—probably not half my age, a Barrister by title, an ardent diligent Student and Writer and reader by employment; a man in fact of much intelligence, loyalty and ingenuity (first known to me by his Life of the Painter Etty in which I found unusual merits1),—this Mr Gilchrist has on hand nearly ready an Article on the Naval career and exploits of Lord Dundonald (Cochrane), which he fancies might suit the N. British;2 upon whh therefore he would be very glad of your judgement with an eye to that consummation. I have not seen the Article at all: but I understand it to be a condensation of a much more extensive enterprise on the Biography of Dundonald;3 likely therefore to be of more pregnant quality: and I know well the earnest notions of the Writer and his faithful way of sparing no pains to do well what he is doing.

This is all I had to say at present. With compliments and remembrances I remain always

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle