The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO LORD ASHBURTON ; 16 November 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18501116-TC-LOA-01; CL 25: 289


Chelsea, 16 Novr, 1850—

Yesterday I easily found the German Map in its case, and committed it to the Housekeeper, who professed to have “other Books” which she was waiting for an opportunity to send.

My next step was to the London Library. “Croucher” (vulgarly called Cochrane) professes to have a Thomson's Suetonius among his Books,1 and not to have lent it out: but the unfortunate mortal could not lay his hands on it when he tried. “Fallen aside somewhere!” However, he zealously promised either to find this copy, or to have another ready tomorrow (this day), and to send it directly to the above-said Housekeeper, with a mark on it (meaning “despatch immediately”) which I had agreed upon with that vigilant woman.

The case therefore stands thus. If Croucher keep his word (which I doubt) you will have the Map, the Suetonius and “other Books,” by course of nature and railway, on Monday or tomorrow. If Croucher don't keep his word, he shall be pricked and incessantly stung into doing it,—may succeed perhaps about Wednesday or so; and then the above phenomena will follow, as they ought to have done before. He shall have no rest till they do, on Wednesday, or sooner, or later;—and that also is my briefest method of buying you a Suetonius, which will thus come in the way of loan.— On the other hand, should the Map be more pressingly wanted (as is possible), a word to Bath House will now bring it at any time.

No news from My Lady; nor any, I fear, to be looked for now till Monday.2 Unless you have happily sent a word for the evening post of this day? Let us pray for good news any way, and speedy if it please the Powers. I send many regards to her poor Ladyship;—and am ever,

Most truly Yours, /

T. Carlyle