August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


TC TO G. L. CRAIK ; 22 December 1843; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18431222-TC-GLC-01; CL 17: 207-208


Chelsea, 22 decr 1843—

Dear Craik,

Can you out of your Beatson or any other source ascertain for me indisputably who was “Lord Privy Seal” in the year 1536?1 Also if there is any light anywhere to be had about one “Thrumblebye,” seemingly a Lincolnshire rebel in those days, perhaps a member of the “Pilgrimage of Grace” on the Yorkshire borders? This latter question, of Thrumblebye, is not momentous: do not give above a few instants to it.

I am at a kind of fix as to Cromwell's genealogy! A certain “Richard Crumwell” does evidently write (I saw the original Letter yesterday) to the “Lord Privy Seale,” and sign himself “your humble nepheu,” in dating “Stamford Saturday,” no year or month; but treating about rebellion and this Thrumblebye. Here, if our Lord Privy Seal be Cromwell Earl of Essex, is one fact.2

On the other hand, Fuller “knowingly affirms” that on a certain occasion Oliver said audibly “with some passion” that he was not in the least related to the Putney concern: There is another fact!3———

Chaos umpire sits,4 in that frightful province of things,—which I often have thoughts to quit forever, flying for my life.

Yours always /

T. Carlyle