April 1849-December 1849

The Collected Letters, Volume 24


TC TO JOSEPH EDLESTON; 2 April 1849; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18490402-TC-JE-01; CL 24: 5-6


Chelsea, 2 April, 1849—

Dear Sir,

The Ayscough Ms. is identical with the Reprint of Borlace,—wants only a few lines at each end, has insignificant verbal variations &c.1 Thanks to you for that fact;—which the Keepers of the Museum Mss. ought to have specified on their old Letter[?] of a “Fragment” a hundred years ago, for the benefit of the curious! It seems, this Ms. Fragment was given them by a “Dean Milles” (or Miller?),2 whoever that might be. I have never seen any but the first edition of Borlace; and that certainly is not an inviting work.

Thanks also for the Letter on Pickering's Burial; which is now stuck into its place, better or worse.3— Have you any Books near at hand that would discover with exactness what the relation of Poet Dryden to those Pickerings was? I have carried off from Sir Wr Scott4 (long since) the impression that they were his uncles; but from certain poor Baronetages here within reach, it rather seems as if John Dryden's Grandfather had been Pickering's uncle,—which is a difft relation; a half cousinship, I think.5 Do not mind this in the least, if it do not lie in your way.

Could you now be so good as give me the exact reference to Hartshorne's Book for that Wyatt Letter: Hartshorne's Book Rarities (place? year?) p.—? I will then indicate the Cambridge Copy and the Brit. Mus. one; and so I hope shall forever have done with Wyatt.— Please also to tell me whether your right title is “Revd,” or what I put on these Letters? The other night I spoke of you with Blakesley, a predecessor of yours,6 but neglected to inquire into this point.

The remaining Cambridge, and I think now all other articles, important or the contrary, are once more packed into their places in that sorrowful Book; and I now feel as if I might wash my hands again.

Believe me / Dear Sir

Yours with sincere thanks and regard

T. Carlyle