October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO VERNON LUSHINGTON ; 16 February 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570216-TC-VL-01; CL 32: 90-91


Chelsea, 16 feby, 1857—

Dear Sir,

Here has a new Cromwell Letter just fallen in: there is no end to them,—and to us they are now good for less than nothing! If you can anywhere stick it in without trouble, alter the spelling, and do so;—if it will derange your plans at all, fling it aside. There is such a thing as having enough of old Marine-Stores,1 sent in upon one by all the blockheads of the Universe, be the pretext what it may! That History of Cromwell, as set forth in the First Edition, has got hardly any perceptible improvement by the endless cloud of bother that has prosecuted me and it ever since. “Discloses a curious particular” &c &c2—and it is not curious particulars, but a correct picture of the man whh we are in quest of at all.3

I was sorry to have missed you yesterday; come some evg: I am seldom to be caught in the middle portion of the day, except by a man mounted; and then if he is a right eques [horseman], we do very well.

I know not how Robson is off. Did he get the second volume from us? I forget. He says nothing,—which is the very best utterance he cd make of himself as things go.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle