The Collected Letters, Volume 27


TC TO F. K. LENTHALL ; 12 May 1852; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18520512-TC-FKL-01; CL 27: 114-115


Chelsea, 12 May, 1852.

Dear Sir,

I am so very unwell (labouring under Influenza), and so very busy, I have never yet found time to acknowledge your Cromwell letter and other favours.1

I am always thankful for any authentic contributions or corrections on the subject of Cromwell: since Carey2 is so inexact, I should be very glad to have him corrected so far as Cromwell goes; and if there were any perfectly trustworthy person attainable in the Bodleian (where I myself never was) should be happy to treat with him for that small service.

Your Cromwell Letter relates to the Expedition of Hispaniola; and is one of several which he sent to his Parliament on that subject. I see trace of another on the 9th October; of which, as of this and all the rest, there was equally no notice taken by the “Pedant Parliament.” Speaker Lenthall must have had almost a sinecure of it on this occasion; the House sitting almost daily in Committee, hatching the Constitution which never came to anything.

Your Ancestor appears to have been a man of firstrate legal abilities; distinguished for his prudence, adroitness, and general propriety of behaviour in a very difficult time. To give some brief, lucid and authentic record of such a Life is a pious enterprise on your part; and will be a welcome service to every lover of English History.

Believe me, dear Sir / yours very sincerely

T. Carlyle

F. Kyffin Lenthall Esq

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