January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO ROBERT CHAMBERS ; 24 May 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450524-TC-RC-01; CL 19: 70-71


Chelsea, 24 May, 1845—

My dear Sir,

If you happen to know, in any old Pamphlet or contemporary Book or record, a direct indication that Oliver Cromwell did live in Moray House during his second visit too,1—I should be very thankful for it now. There is certainly great likelihood that he lived there, as he had indubitably done before: but Oliver's history is so overlaid with brutal errors already, one would not wish, even on small matters, to add a shovelful to the dung-heap!— — I had the Coltness Collections above a year ago; was greatly amused by the randy [lively] Scotch Lady; and found some curious glimpses of Cromwell, tho' in a somewhat questionable condition.2

If you cannot find any authority for the Moray House affairs, forgive me, and do not hunt too far for it.

Yours very truly /

T. Carlyle