April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO G. L. CRAIK ; 28 October 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18441028-TC-GLC-01; CL 18: 252-253


Chelsea, 28 Octr, 1844—

Dear Craik,— Can you do anything for me in regard to this? I want to know, on unimpeachable evidence if such might be, At what date the Gilderoy of our beautiful Scotch Song (or beautiful Tune rather, for the Song that I have seen is worth little) was hanged; and where, and as far as convenient why; but especially when. I know the passages in Spalding, but they do not mention him, only certain “limmars [rogues],” associates of his.1

Here is David Laing's Letter; which pray return at any rate. I have a Clerk now,2 in the Museum, who can turn up any Book for me, and question it on a plain matter. What Percy3 has to say you probably can already tell me.

Yours always /

T. Carlyle