October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO JOSEPH EDLESTON ; 20 June 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570620-TC-JE-01; CL 32: 167-168


Chelsea, 20 june, 1857

Dear Sir,—Besides that it is interesting to hear of you again, this Letter, whh I had not seen before, becomes rather curious when put by the side of what already exists. See Letter LX of Olr's Letters and Speeches 3d editn (or i, 271 &c of Editn just published).1

The other marine-stores of poor Townsend from St Jillians (is that the right name?) are given in a very dark state: it might be worth some instructed person's while, who were passing that way, to examine better, what the original sweepings from that old St Jillian's were, if they still exist in the hands of Townsend's representatives.2

I have no Dugdale's Baronage, no Rushworth even,3 nor any other such Book about me, nor the least moment of leisure to go in chase of such inquiries at present: but I observe by Townsend's Copy of the Tombstone Inscription, that Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury was still alive,—that probably therefore (for I know nothing exact abt the matter) it was to him that this Note was addressed. I know nothing of “Lord Richard,”—was he Edward's Successor, his Brother, Nephew or who?4 It is evident Townsend can plunge deep enough into the palpablest puddles of error!—

I return the slips, I keep a copy of the Note, with many thanks;—if at any time you shd happen to think of certifying yourself on the above points (or rather point, Was the Note addressed to Lord Edward the famed man?), and wd briefly impart to me the result,—I shd be still farther obliged.

With thanks for this and so many old kindnesses of the like sort,

Yours sincerely /

T. Carlyle