January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO EDWARD FITZGERALD ; 6 February 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450206-TC-EF-01; CL 19: 21-22


Chelsea, 6 feby, 1845—

Dear Fitzgerald,

Here is a most polite Note from the Duke of Manchester; and indication withal that there is one Letter of Oliver's at Kimbolton accessible to us!1 I have answered with all politeness, with many thanks; but rolling over upon you and the Lady Olivia2 (without any travelling of mine) the charge of getting me a Copy of this Letter; and even of examining slightly whether there are any more,—what more there otherwise is. You will be helpfully busy in this, according to opportunity? I have said so! It will unfold itself farther when the Duke returns to England, if no sooner. I have said that the Letter would not be wanted ‘for a month.’ How in the meanwhile you can keep up your relation to the Lady Olivia; how you can proceed duly in general; and, at the soonest possible, end by giving me a Copy of the Oliver Letter,—all this is left to your own friendly discretion, with my prayers added; I have no other help to add!—

Alfred went away on Sunday, I think; twice I met him, the fiery Son of Gloom. There seems no doubt but he will now get hold of £2,000 by Allen's death:3 I wish he would straightway buy himself an Annuity with it.

I have three Booksellers4 all busy examining Cromwell's Letters, and hope to force one of them into some reasonable bargain about it without farther haggling, in a day or two.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle