August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO EDWARD FITZGERALD; 6 February 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470206-TC-EF-01; CL 21:156-157.


Bay House, Alverstoke, Hants 6 feby, 1847


Here is a strange rusty old Yarmouth gentleman, who has sent me a letter about Civil—war matters; which letter I now enclose to you.1 One of the rustiest old gentlemen I have lately met with; but, to all appearance, possessed of curious Papers, which ought to be inquired into! I have written to thank him for the notice about Young Oliver's death;2 which is really worth something, and has remained to me undiscoverable hitherto: I also request from my rusty friend the name of the “Oundle Captain” to whom Oliver writes, or the reason why he has no name.3 Probably a point of delicacy with my rusty friend. This is all of business that I have with him; for the rest of his notices are worth properly nothing,—except as indicating that his old Papers themselves may contain good notices. On the whole, as he lies in your district, and you are partly concerned in the business,4 I will hand him over to your care, in the first instance, and see whether you will not bite at the bait, and elucidate him a little. I think it really a pity some rational person did not look over his Papers, and see whether they contain nothing. At all events you can learn who he is or what,—a rather strange old genius, one would say;—and instruct yourself a little about Lowestoffe, if nothing more.5 You can return me his Paper altogether at your leisure. …

Always yours /