October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO DAVID LAING ; 28 December 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451228-TC-DL-01; CL 20: 80-81


Chelsea, 28 Decr, 1845—

My dear Sir,

I received your Letter down in Hampshire where our abode of late weeks has been. Returning now to Town, I find there is to be a new edition of the Book on Cromwell.1 If you will, as soon as possible, favour me with your corrections and suggestions, whatsoever remark you judge it of importance to write down,—certainly they will be thankfully received, and shall meet with due serious consideration. “Catherine Muir” shall become “Elizabeth Muir”;2 and no error that I can sweep out shall have leave to continue there.

I do not wish to hurry you, being anxious to have the full benefit of you: but as already hinted, the sooner your help arrives, it will be the welcomer. For the rest, as the plan of the Book, and whole substance, temper and structure of it are already given, it is chiefly in corrections as to fact that I am to be benefited: furthermore, if beggars might be choosers, I would solicit, as I do of all my correspondents on this matter, “Your clearest hand and your briefest convenient style.”— I think there will be some forty or fifty new Letters which have turned up since I was last at the business; perhaps fifty, some one or two of which are not without importance.

With many thanks and regards

Yours very truly /

T. Carlyle.