August 1846-June 1847

The Collected Letters, Volume 21


TC TO JOHN CHILDS; 16 April 1847; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18470416-TC-JCHI-01; CL 21:193-194.


Chelsea, 16 April, 1847—

My dear Sir,

It was not I that wrote the Cromwell-Hampden Tract; I have not even read it, except what I saw in the Examiner.1 By the extracts given there, I perceived that it was a modern piece; and guessed, for my own behoof, that probably it was by Savage Landor, a man who, as you know, is accustomed to “Imaginary Dialogues,” and struggles to express in that, and other still more obstructed ways, various manful ideas that are in him.2 God knows, we have reason to be glad of such, in what way soever they are expressed!

Arnold's date of the Naseby visit is right; and I was never there but once.3 The Doctor and I did not make out the Battlefield at all, being misled by the foolish monument the Landlord has set up there, above a mile from the right place. We came home, however, with a picture of the ground in our head; and next year the Landlord's son,4 a friend of mine, carried on the investigation on the spot, assisted by continual Letters from me, in answer to all his inquiries; so that I was, in a sense, present a second time. The two grinder-teeth are still here: I think I must give you one of them, if I have not an opportunity of reburying it soon!5— — I believe there is more work of the like sort,—“the same with a difference,” as Landor says,6—coming on for us, perhaps, faster than we imagine. The miserable Irish Potatoe, if it continue rotten, is bringing on the catastrophe with really frightful speed.

I have been looking into your Bingham lately,7 and find much good learning in him. When you come to Town, let us see you some evening, if you have a vacant hour.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle