January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO ROBERT BROWNING ; 13 February 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450213-TC-RB-01; CL 19: 30-31


Chelsea, 13 feby 1845 (Night)

Dear Browning,

I find I must still trouble you with that unfortunate Field a little. His Note,1 of no great significance, is full of obscurities; has no address, and one or two other dubieties.

I send you his Copy, and mine taken from his, which still does not make very indisputable sense; I wish you would contrast it with the original, especially in the places which I have marked with an interrogation in pencil.

‘New Hall’ I suppose to be New Hall in Essex, which I have some obscure remembrance of, otherwise, in reference to Cromwell:2 of course it would be of no use questioning Field on the subject; but I will have a trial made in the County Histories of Essex. ‘Wallop’ may be a money-scrivener; or a man that has got land to sell, which Richard is to buy with the £18,000.3 ‘Waterhouse’ is evidently the man of business.4 ‘Burleigh’ is an Estate of Oliver's not heritably settled on Richard; but whether the big Burleigh House near Stamford (once stormed by Oliver in the early part of his career), or which of the other three or four Burleys, is a question hitherto.5

Pray give me your best guess, and the light of your own eyes and mind. Any day; no haste. And above all, thank Field for me, and say (if you can politely) I do not need the ‘view of Newhall,’ nor the viewer of it henceforth!— Yours ever truly

T. Carlyle