TC TO JOHN FORSTER ; 4 May 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440504-TC-JF-01; CL 18: 36
TC TO JOHN FORSTER
Chelsea, 4 May, 1844—
I cannot anywhere rake up that unfortunate Document you gave me about the last hours of Cromwell;1 and I cannot do without it! From what Book could it come? I have six or seven accounts of the Protector's exit; and no one of these is it. If you cannot, from the depths of your memory, fish up some trace of it, what is to become of me! Do make a haul or two with the likeliest implements you have.
A certain Diary of a Lady Willoughby of Parham (or D'Eresby I know not which) will probably come to you, from the Longmans who advertise it.2 Having once finished it, could you let me next have a sight of it? If she is the Parham her Book, tho' the fullest vapid wash a[s] most of these Books are, may contain a thing or two.
Heaven be good to you.
Yours always truly /