Irving, John to William Elphinstone Malcolm (1843/08/04)
No. 1 North Charlotte Street,
August 4, 1843.
My dear Malcolm,—I got yours of the 1st to-day. I am delighted to hear that you intend coming to Scotland this month, as I shall, in all probability, be able to come to Burnfoot to see you, if you write me on your arrival there, when you can make it convenient for me to come, and send me some sailing directions how to find your place. I have applied to the Admiralty for employment, but have little expectations of getting it for some time.
My brother Lewis has gone along with Dr. Chalmers. I never attempt to form an opinion on the matter, as it appears quite a mystery, and so much to be said on both sides, and the Gospel seems no way concerned in the dispute.
I am enjoying myself very much after my long absence from home. I look forward to meeting you with great pleasure. But I find myself, as I get older, more selfish, and colder of heart. I had once a good deal of romantic kind of notions; but that sort of thing is quite suspended, and you will find me a much more matter-of-fact person than you formerly knew me.
Hoping soon to hear from you, I remain, my dear Malcolm, yours faithfully,