August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


TC TO PETER CUNNINGHAM ; 21 March 1858; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18580321-TC-PC-01; CL 33: 192-193


Chelsea, 21 March, 1858—

My dear Sir,

Have you, in the course of your Walpole1 or other reading, fallen in with any notice of a “Charles, sixth Lord Baltimore” (1699–1758),2—I think, the last of the Baltimore's but one;—a rather unimportant man, whom, for a small reason, I am bound to take some notice of for a moment.

He had an interview with Friedh the Great septr 1739, or rather made a visit to him of five days on that occasion (20–25 Septr 1739), in company with one Algarotti, who was accompanying him (Baltimore) out of Italy at the time, and who went hovering about, occasionally in this Country (dedicating Books on the Opera to the First Pitt,3 &c &c) for 20 or 30 years afterwards. Friedh, at that time only Prince, seems to have been much struck with the rugged intelligence, bad French &c of “Milord,”—writes a Poem4 to him soon afterwards, & keeps talking of him;—but they never had any farther intercourse that I hear of.— — I could like to know from any Competent witness what manner of man he was reckoned in this Country,—especially from your Horace, if he have chanced to speak about him. This is not the Baltimore who wrote the insipid Dilettante Books, and was tried on that unfortunate-female's account; this is the Father of that one, and I hope was nothing like such a fool.— I have exhausted what is in the Irish Peerage Books,5 in Walpole's Catalogue (by Park);6 and if you know any mention farther of him, I wd make that suffice.

You promised me some notes of mistakes in Cromwell; I pray you send them without fail, that I may put what is wrong to rights while I have yet charge of it.— The beautiful Sleep Scene at Hampton Court (or Windsor?)7 did not find room for itself after all: but I was much obliged by what you did in it.

Yours ever truly / T. Carlyle

This sixth Baltimore was in Prince Fred's Household, almost from the first setting up of it: I suppose there must have been something in him8