[ Thomas Guthrie, Scottish divine and philanthropist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to unnamed recipient, regarding his indisposition causing him to be unable to fulfil an engagement, sending 'Mr Cuningham' in his stead.

Thomas Guthrie (1803-1873), Free Church of Scotland minister and philanthropist
Publication details: 
Edinburgh. 11 April 1841.
SKU: 19388

2pp., 12mo. On aged paper with closed tear to edge above signature. Docketed in a nineteenth-century hand at foot of first page. He has been 'confined to the house Indeed to bed during most of the past week by an attack of influenza'. He is better, but dares not 'venture to Glasgow on Tuesday. With the <?> Season so close at hand I could not afford to run the risk of laying myself up'. Consequently he cannot fulfil his engagement, but has 'got the best of Substitutes in Mr Cuningham'. He has 'mentioned the case' to Cuningham, and he has 'most kindly agreed to go in my room, so that you will lack nothing & this sets my mind at rest'. He concludes in the hope that he will have 'a noble meeting & that by the Divine blessing much good may ensue'. Laid down at the head of the letter is a newspaper cutting regarding the 'Original Ragged School in the Lawnmarket', with reference to 'the philanthropic originator of the school, the Rev. Dr Guthrie'.