January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO EDWARD FITZGERALD ; 10 July 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450710-TC-EF-01; CL 19: 94-95


Chelsea, 10 July 1845—

Dear Fitzgerald,

The old Speeches are, I believe, quite correctly printed in Cobbet, or in the earlier Parliamentary History (of 1763) with which alone I am personally acquainted.1 Elizabeth's Parlts are copious recorded in a Printed volume by d'Ewes,2 which I suppose gives the orations wherever attainable. A rather curious Abstract of the Debates thro' James's Parlts is given in the First volume of the Printed Commons Journals,3—which I will lend you, if you dare undertake it! But there is no duller reading in the domains of Nature or Art than that generally which pertains to the history of English Parlts.

The Schiller's Life is waiting for you here: it differs from what you have seen; but still is not worth reading.

What an idea you must have of the philosophic mind, to think one could en[ter]tain4 in such circumstances the notion of “blaming” anybody!5 For shame!—— In fact you do not deserve that I should speak to you again on the subject: but I will tell you, This horse of mine is giving up all his tricks; abating even in the violence of his votes as the roads we should go;—and promises to be one of the best quadrupeds in this part of England! I am in no hurry to sell him; I believe he is well worth his straw to me. And so be of comfort!— I have also had some communication with Greathurst the Coachman;6—and find him to be, as you said, really “a gentleman.”

For the rest, I am really near dead. I have dined twice this week, and breakfasted once this day; and have devils about me incessantly,—and devils within me!

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle

The Bookseller has written to those Essex people about the Portrait of Cromwell;7 and seems anxious to have it well engraved for the Book;—but he had got no reply at all from them when I saw him last.