January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO JOHN HARLAND ; 13 February 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450213-TC-JHA-01; CL 19: 29-30


Chelsea, 13 feby, 1845—

My dear Sir,

Many thanks for your two Cromwell Letters, for your Plan of Preston, and your other services to me.1

I have copied the Letter into my general stock, and also the Pass; concerning both of which I will ask these farther questions, probably not difficult for you, as the Collinson's Somersetshire (vol III p 357), and the Jefferson's Allerdale Ward (no page given) seem to be in your hands.2

First, with regard to the Letter (in Collinson), Where was the old Castle of the Hungerfords? The Hungerford whom I have guessed as the Addressee on this occasion served for Wiltshire in Parlt, nor do I know any other public Hungerford except for that County and not Somerset.3 Of the other “several” original Letters of Cromwell, I suppose, Collinson gives no farther hint?

Then with regard to the Pass, will you give me the page of Jefferson; and also say, if you can, where Dalegarth is, and what it now is, a farm or an estate or what,—if Jefferson will be so good as tell you.4 In ‘Allerdale Ward’ my Map has it not.

The Preston Map and details will come in very good stead by and by; when if I find farther occasion, I will trouble you with farther questions.

None of the Books you are kind enough to mention seems to promise much for me. The most of them I have in my hands or very accessible here; the torpid blockheadism, the gross ignorance, dilettantism, infidelity and damnability, of them and their editors in general, are very painfully known to me of late years!

Sir Wm Brereton's Letters might perhaps be worth something,—but ‘five volumes’ of such matter will be rather heavy.5 One volume, or half a volume, chosen by a good man, would be a far likelier thing.

If that old rhyming blockhead, the title of whose Book I inclose here, happen to give you any faintest perceptible view of the actual look of Latham House (the Stanley's Place) in those years, I will bid you favour me with an extract.6

In great haste, with many thanks

Yours very truly /

T. Carlyle