The Collected Letters, Volume 13


TC TO DAVID LAING ; 20 November 1841; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18411120-TC-DL-01; CL 13: 305-306


5. Cheyne Row, Chelsea / 20 Nov, 1841—

My dear Sir,

Perhaps you can without much difficulty point out to me in what part of Æneas Sylvius, Pope Pius the Second's Works that Letter of his about Scotland1 (written I think when he was Legate there, and quoted by Pinkerton2 and many others) is to be found. The Opera Æneas Sylvii are very accessible in our Museum here; but no individual who can in the slightest afford one any guidance in such an inquiry exists about that Establishment. I would go and read the Letter some day, if I were sure beforehand that my patience would not fail before so much as discovering it in that imbroglio of a place!

Allow me yet another question. In Nicholson's Historical Library I find that various Topographical Mss of Gordon of Straloch's were bequeathed to Sir R. Sibbald; among others a “Description of the Stewartie of An[n]andale,3 with a Map &c by Mr Johnston a Minister there” (Nicholson, p. 6. edition 1776), something also “on Niddisdale,” and “Galloway and Dumfriesshire” generally. These pieces Nicholson intimates that Sibbald meant to print or turn to use: now if you could tell me, Whether he did print them, and if so, under what title, in what part of Sir Robert's Works one can get hold of them?— I do not expect you to take much trouble about this, for it is not of much importance to me; but if you can answer without difficult research, doubtless you will so far oblige me.4

I believe there is an Article on Baillie's Letters coming out in the next Westminster Review.5 Your third Volume, I hope, is in a state of forwardness.6 Baillie, a kind of “inspired blockhead,” yields more result the more one inspects him.

I remain, / My dear Sir, / Yours always truly / T. Carlyle