January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO [SAMUEL LANGLEY] ; 5 May 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590505-TC-SLA-01; CL 35: 86-88


Chelsea, 5 May, 1859—

Dear Sir,

I find you have quarried honestly in that affair of George Second's Austrian-Succession War;1 and brought up a variety of curious things,—whh might be more valuable to many a one than they are to me, tho’ to me also they are not all without value.

I send you £3 whh you hint will be of value at present;2 I wish you to expend that new amount by labour on the thing,—continuing to Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle the end of it:3—that amount and no more. Being in extremity of haste, I can only note the following points for guidance of you:

1. First in any future Extracts to be so good as write only on one side of the Paper.

2. In regard to Dettingen & Fontenoy, to consult the Duke of Cumberland's Life4 (mentioned to you before), and to understand that everything there is already mine.

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Example of TC's marginalia on Historical Memoirs of His Late Royal Highness William-Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1767)

Courtesy of the National Library of Scotland


3. Not to forget the Rendezvous at Finchley (March to Fi[nchley)]5 or whatever they call it, subject of Hogarth's Print,6—1745 if I rember).7

4. Any details about the Return of the Troops from the Netherlands (a horrid puddle of misery and mismanagement, as I understand) might be perhaps of use to me.8

And so I leave you to your own fidelity and good sense.

Yours truly /

T. Carlyle