January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO DAVID LAING ; 25 March 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450325-TC-DL-01; CL 19: 46


Chelsea, 25 March, 1845

My dear Sir,

Can you by any ready means inform me for certain whether the ‘Colonel Hurry’ that was taken, and executed, with Montrose in 1650, was the celebrated Turncoat Sir John himself;1 or if it was not a Nephew of his?

I have never yet got sight of Baker's fifth edition (2nd of Philipps's Continuation) to see whether Jenny Geddes is there!2 Very shame will not allow me to trouble you farther on that small subject,—nor much even on this of Hurry, which I am a little more concerned in. It seems to me I did once know it, but have forgotten for the moment.

I am coming thro' the Press with Cromwell's Collected Letters and Speeches, and never in my Life was busier.

By your Row &c, which I have been reading, it is clear to me you also are not idle. The Wodrow Books seem to be the only Club productions that are worth their paper and ink at present.3

Poor John Welsh: “I divine and dea!”4

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle