August 1843-March 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 17


TC TO LORD MONTEAGLE ; 13 February 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18441213-TC-LMO-01; CL 17: 264


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea 13 feby, 1844—

Dear Lord Monteagle,

You were kind enough, the other night,1 to say something about speaking on my behalf to that Guardian of the State Paper Office, or even taking me in person to him, to consult about the possibilities of Oliver's Letters. I need not repeat that either or both of those favours would be of true service to me. If, any day, you do find yourself at leisure for such a charitable function as that of escorting me to the Paper Chaos, I shall have great pleasure in waiting on you, when and where you may be pleased to appoint,—let the expedition yeild us a result or yeild2 us none. To say truth, I am not very sanguine; but it is one's duty, in such a case, to knock at all doors.

Lord Nugent, I observe, speaks often of something he calls “the Sessional Papers”;3 which I understand to be the bundles of used documents nd writings, tied up in a mass, at the end of the Session, and shoved aside in some corner, to lie as waste or half-waste, and expect an uncertain doom: these “Sessional Papers,” for the times of Hampden, were in existence when Lord Nugent wrote his Book; but I suppose they were burnt afterwards in the catastrophe of 1834,4—and their uncertain doom has proved to be that of fire. If so, were not the missing Letters of Oliver to the Speaker likeliest to be there!5

Hoping that Lady Monteagle6 has recovered from her cold, and that otherwise all is well with you and yours,

I remain / With many respects & regards

Ever most truly /

T. Carlyle