The Collected Letters, Volume 10


TC TO FREDERICK DENISON MAURICE ; 24 December 1838; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18381224-TC-FDM-01; CL 10: 245-246


Chelsea, Monday [24? December 1838]—

My dear Maurice,

You spoke one day about the possibility of getting me a permission to read in a private room of the British Museum.1 Might I now ask you to be so kind as investigate that matter a little more closely for me. I could like to know first what such a permission means, whether one has actually some kind of inhabitable closet to oneself (inhabitable at this season of the year) with liberty to order books as in the public room; and then secondly by what methods such a permission is to be obtained or solicited.

I am also speculating about another suggestion of yours: that of getting some Books from Cambridge.2 Neither is the scheme of the “London Library” dead; nay it seems rather to be in a lively way, and will perhaps come to something before long.3 For immediate purposes however there is no hope except in the Museum. I am reading, and rather eager to read, about the Protectorate of Cromwell at present: whether that will come to anything or not remains entirely dubious as yet.4

Pray send me some response about the Museum, or what were far better, bring it, as soon as you can.

With kind regards to the Lady,5 / Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle