January-September 1845

The Collected Letters, Volume 19


TC TO WILLIAM DOUGAL CHRISTIE ; 22 July 1845; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18450722-TC-WDC-01; CL 19: 103-104


Chelsea, 22 july, 1845—

Dear Christie,

Many thanks for your Excerpt,1 which I have now put beyond the risk of loss.

Before the Sheet go finally out my hands can you tell me more expressly where the Locke Ms. of Ludlow's Suppressed-Passages now is? Is ‘Ld Lovelace’ a man of the Present or of the Past; are the Papers still in his hands?2

Also, Are you perfectly certain that the ‘last Assembly’ means Oliver's first Elected Parliament, and not his second and last (1566–7),3 in which the question of his Kingship came on? Have you discovered anywhere at what time precisely Ashley Cooper was dismissed the Council? Mackworth and he appear to have been in together (Thurloe III. 581); Mackworth died in about half a year after his appointment,—died seemingly in autumn 1654.4 Ludlow was in Ireland all that while.

Ashley I think is not in very declared opposition till Oliver's last Parlt;5 but he seems to be decidedly out of the Council before that. The Order Book in the State-Paper Office wd tell a young man of spirit the precise day, I suppose,—and you will have to ascertain yet, if you persist.6 As for me, it is rather a matter of perfection than of necessity.

But tell me as to the ‘last Assembly’ what you know of it.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle