October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO C. H. COOPER ; 17 January 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460117-TC-CHC-01; CL 20: 100-101


Chelsea, [1]6 [17] jany 1846—

Dear Sir,

I am much obliged by your discovery of Downhall for me. If you could, when you are writing on some other occasion, mention the Volume &c of the Baker Mss from which your information is derived, and also the Authority for that Archdeaconry of Huntingdon (curious if indubitable,— Downhall must at least have been 74 then?)—it would handsomely finish off this part of the business.1

I have read the Art. Baker and what account of his Mss there is in the Biog. Britan.2 Your references (in your Book) I suppose to mean the Trin. Coll. Cambridge Baker, unless the contrary be expressed?— It seems to me a great pity these old Volumes were not thoroughly searched by an intelligent person, who knew what to remember and what to forget, and took pains to be exact in what he printed: a very acceptable Book might be the result. In one Volume I think there is marked a Life of the Earl of Manchester; which I could like well to look at,—if for headaches and foul air in the Museum room it were easy for me!3

Sir John Burgoyne to whom one of your Cromwell Letters is addressed came into the Long Parlt, for Warwick (I think), as a “recruiter” in 1645: a Sir Roger Burgoyne Bart sat there for Bedfordshire.4 My miserable little Baronetage5 (I do not know which is the good one) informs me the “Burgoynes are a Bedfordshire Family,” names Sir Rogers and Sir Johns, but not in a way to be recognized or clearly discriminated. If by any chance he, our Sir John, come in your way shortly, I will beg to be favoured with your light upon him.

If no news come from Ely about “Mr Hand,” we can do with what we have; the Charity Report is very distinct;—but I want to know what year it is printed in,6 if you