British scholar (1766-1834). Autograph letter signed to Nassau William Senior. St Leonards. Quarto, 18.7 x 22.7 cm, 2 pages + integral address leaf, preserved in a cloth box.
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Unpublished letter from Malthus from St Leonards, where he was convalescing, to the economist Nassau William Senior (1790-1864) approving of Senior’s emigration plan which he published in 1831 anonymously – “I quite approve of your emigration plan, and see no objection to the draft of the bill which seems to propose adequate means to accomplish the desireable end”. Malthus refers to an upcoming visit to town with Mrs Malthus and a stay with his friend William Otter.
St Leonards Jany
My dear Senior
I should have written to you
this evening, if I had not received your
letter of this morning.
I quite approve
of your emigration plan, and see no objection
to the draft of the bill which seems to
propose adequate means to accomplish
the desireable end.
It would give me great pleasure
to join your party, and I should not have
been deterred by your saying that you
could not give me a bed, knowing that
there must be plenty of such articles in
the neighbourhood; but as we are about
to have this warm climate on Saturday
sennight, I think that two winter journeys
so near together would not be justifiable either
in regard to my health or resources. I must
be at the College without fail on this day
fortnight, and we have taken our lodgings
to that time; but as Mrs Malthus particularly
wants a day on town, we shall start on the
Saturday and sleep at Mr Otters at Stockwell
that night. I will endeavour to see you
on Sunday or Monday.
most truly yours
Nassau Senior Esq
[with circular Hastings postal stamp in black ink dated Ja 11 1831 and two other postal marks, one ‘Hastings Penny Post’ in black ink, the other red].