January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO EDWARD FITZGERALD ; 23 August 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450823-TC-EF-01; CL 19: 165-166


Chelsea, 23 Augt, 1845

Dear Fitzgerald,

Many thanks for your arrangements in behalf of the horse.1 The substance of the matter promises to do altogether well; and for the details, of time &c, we will leave those loose, and give due warning, when the day approaches nearer. Heaven knows I ought not and wish not to continue here; but that I shall actually be able to shake the London dust off my feet in 8 days time seems almost too proud a hope! I am under a kind of obligation also to ride down into Bedfordshire myself, to Sir Hy Varney's, a place called Claydon: I must look on the map, and see how localities agree;—the ride, I doubt, will hardly take effect, if they go awry. Nay perhaps Claydon is in Bucks;2 I must examine: if I had once a moment's time.— Meanwhile thank your friend Browne for me very handsomely;—and pray send me his Address,3 which you have forgotten hitherto; unless Bedford itself be it?—

Moreover (for there is no end to me), here is another small job for you. It seems a possibility at present that I may put in somewhere, by way of Appendix, those Anecdotes of Mrs Bendysh, which are in Noble (II.329).4 Now will you read those pages of Noble, once more, carefully over, with an eye that way. You will find one does not learn where Mrs Bendysh lived (‘near Yarmouth somewhere’), what her or her husband's business was, or anything about their economic peculiarities and earthly localities;—so that the whole matter looks there very much like a thing in Drury Lane.5

Now I want you to ask the Essex Archdeacon, or whoever he or she is that descends from this Mrs Bendysh,6 Whether there is not in the Family any certain knowledge as to all these points, any clear Tradition even,—any light to be had that would complete what you see to be wanting in the business.7 You have a Noble have you not? Or can get one about Bedford? I could cut you out those leaves and send them by post. Perhaps that will be best? You will then at once see what is wanting in general there. For the rest, the thing if at all will be needed in a day or two.— So here go the leaves at a venture! Edit them yourself (make them ready for editing): that is a task I set you! Till this day week:—then return them to me with what you have made out.

Laurence, I am told, is now down in that quarter; actually gone thither with commission to take the Portrait.8

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle