April 1848-March 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 23


TC TO DAWSON TURNER; 8 February 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490208-TC-DT-01; CL 23: 229


Chelsea, 8 feby, 1849—

Dear Sir,

May I still trouble you with two small inquiries respecting those Cromwell Letters you lately published.1

1. In p. 47 (of your Norwich Pamphlet), where the Sir John's sirname has been erased,—could you help me to a guess how many letters may have been in the said sirname? You give five asterisks; but whether that means five obliterated letters or not, I do not know,—nor whether you are pretty sure of there being 5, or rather doubtful in your guess.2 Pray inform me; for the name, I believe, is otherwise discoverable, and this will be a help.

2.—p. 58, middle of the page, contains these words, in which the sense is somewhat confused for me:— — — “value to the State, (this point?) if the gentleman stand clear in your judgements. (and this?)3 I beg it as a special”—. —Could you be so kind as give me the exact punctuation of the original:4 I shall then see whether the confusion lies in Cromwell's self or not.

I think you already assured me that all those Four Letters were Autograph; in Cromwell's own hand? Except for what you say at p. 42 about “establishing their originality,” my recollection on this point would have been (as indeed it virtually is) quite certain.

Pray excuse this trouble. I am on a Third Editn of the Book on Cromwell, and must not omit these interesting new Documents.

Believe me / Dear Sir / Yours very truly /

T. Carlyle

Dawson Turner Esq

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