January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO JOHN LANGTON SANFORD ; 11 April 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560411-TC-JLS-01; CL 31: 61-62


Chelsea, 11 April, 1856—

Dear Sir,

Sir Frederick Madden knows my name,1 and I have always found him in a high degree polite and obliging; but I have not the honour of so much acquaintance in that quarter as could authorize me to introduce anybody.

At the same time, I can, and should always, readily testify that, about ten years ago, you furnished me with a good many Letters (several of them undiscovered by the rest of my correspondents) for the Second Edition of Cromwell's Letters and Speeches; and that, in the communications we then held, and in one interview which I still recollect, you manifested a degree of acquaintance with the sources of that particular Period of English History such as seemed to me very uncommon,—especially in one so young as you then were.2

If you have prosecuted subsequently your survey of English History at large with anything like the same zeal and success, I should expect you might be qualified, by this time, for very useful service in some of Sir Frederick's departments.3

Mr Darwin4 has forwarded me your Letter to him; and this is the “naked truth” I have stated in return. Of which, if it can be of any service, you are fully at liberty to make what use you like.

Believe me / Yours very sincerely /

T. Carlyle

J. Langton Sandford Esq

1. Essex Court Temple