THOMAS CHALMERS Autograph Letter Signed.
British (Scottish) political economist, mathematician, historian, moral philosopher and leader of the Free Church of Scotland.
ALS. 1p. [no place]. January 28th 1834. to "Dear Sir".
"May I beg from you, for the use of this day, by the bearer, Maitland's History of Edinburgh, which I shall return so shortly."
Written in a very small, neat, formal hand on a small paper piece measuring approx 3.25 x 2.25 inches, laid down on paper. With age toning and discolouration and with mounting traces to verso but in otherwise acceptable condition.
Dr.Thomas Chalmers is perhaps best known today as the 19th century's leading Scottish churchman and dissenter. He was the first Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, when it split from the established church in 1843. However, he was also one of the foremost political economists, mathematicians and moral philosophers of his generation. His mathematical lectures at the University of St. Andrews are said to have roused so much enthusiasm that they were prohibited by the University authorities as being too disturbing to the calm of the College! His preaching included new revelations in the SCIENCE of astronomy and he wrote on numerous subjects for the Edinburgh Encyclopaedia. His most noted text on economics is probably his 1808 'Inquiry Into the Extent and Stability of National Resources.' Thomas Chalmers accepted the chair of moral philosophy at St. Andrews in 1823 and whilst there made important contributions to the science of ethics. In 1828 he transferred to the chair of theology at Edinburgh University.