January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO ROBERT BROWNING ; 1 January 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420101-TC-RB-01; CL 14: 4-5


Chelsea, 1 Jany., 1842.

My dear Sir— If you happen to possess, among your Commonwealth Books,1 a copy of Heath's Chronicle of the Civil Wars, I could like to look at it for a while. It is a dim, close-printed scraggy old folio, not of the thickest; the author (who wrote the Flagellum too) is a noisy blockhead;2 but his old farrago serves one as a kind of dictionary now and then. If you have it not, pray never mind, never regret;—who knows if that will not even be a kind of benefit to me! The stupidity of those old dead Books excels all that it has entered into the imagination to conceive.

With many true regards, and hoping to see you again in person before long,

Yours always, /

T. Carlyle.

You do not happen to have Dugdale on the Imbankment of Fens,3—or any Book that will give one an idea of Oliver's locality two hundred years back?