January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO ALEXANDER GILCHRIST ; 22 July 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590722-TC-AGI-01; CL 35: 155-156


Humbie, Aberdour, Fife, 22 july, 1859—

My dear Sir,

I could with great readiness, and will if you persist in requesting it, give you a Note to Mr Ballantyne: but I doubt, at present, he is rather in the state of neap tide in regard to all that, and could not till his own affairs come to clearness be of much help in regard to yours.1 After considering, I took the liberty to write to Mr Delane, Editor of the Times,2 about you; who, of course, is to be regarded as the fountainhead in regard to that departt of human Enterprise; and, I hope, will give you some useful guidance or indication, if he cannot make practical trial of you in some way on his own Paper. He is a very expert, and by no means an uncourteous or inhumane gentn; and I think it will be worth your while to weigh with your best Attention whatever he says or proposes to you. I said you wd probably send up my Card to him, one of these days; I explained in some small measure who and what you: but beyond hints made no specific request,—not having much acquaintance there myself, or right to make requests; tho’ I believe he will really be desirous to further you if he can. His Address (witht the No) I give on the Card: if you do not find him at Serjt's Inn,3 I suppose Printinghouse Square4 may be applied to: but the other he probably likes better as an Address.

We are doing very tolerably here; I myself rather well,—my Wife too a little improved, and riding on her Ass, &c in the fine summer weather. It is one of the prettiest places in all the world; very quiet too, and the sea-bathing is supreme.—— We much hope to hear better news of Mrs Gilchrist and the children when you next write. Also of some practical success in your own new Adventures. With thanks & regards Yours always truly, T. Carlyle