October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO EDWARD FITZGERALD ; 30 December 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18451230-TC-EF-01; CL 20: 84-85


30 December 1845

[The letter is an appeal for help in revising Cromwell for the second edition. Some Naseby papers are at Chelsea awaiting FitzGerald's inspection.] “I am again very busy; obliged to dive into that beggarly Rushworthian element, from which I had supposed myself forever delivered.” [It continues with a request to FitzGerald to start on the documents,] “and with the clearness of mind you can bring to the subject, to alter the text (the printed text) so as that it may speak the exact truth,—which you say it yet in some points fails to do. Alter it till you call it right; do; … and let me have it unimpeachable at last, and wash my hands of it!”