April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO [HENRY WILLIAM FIELD] ; 13 May 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440513-TC-HWF-01; CL 18: 40


Chelsea, Monday [13 May 1844]

Dear Sir,

I am sorry the rigorous general rule took effect in your case today.1

If you have a Letter of Oliver Cromwell's,2 and will give me an exact copy of it, date and address especially exact,—it will be a real favour done me. Most of Oliver's Letters have been printed; but some also I still find hidden in Manuscript Collections: I am very sedulously collecting all that I can find of him anywhere;—few things in English History seem to me better worth preserving and elucidating.

If it were not too much trouble, might I ask you to be so helpful as send me a Copy of this Letter by the post? I shall then know whether it is already printed anywhere, and what farther investigation it may require. The date and the address are, of course, particularly important.— To see yourself, a descendent of Heroes,3 and a doer of kindness to me, will be a new pleasure,—any day between two and three.

I remain / Yours very truly

T. Carlyle