October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO WILLIAM JACOBSON ; 20 January 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460120-TC-WJ-01; CL 20: 111


Chelsea, 20 jany, 1846—

My dear Sir,

I am again busy with that unfortunate Book on Cromwell; a second edition printing; various notices of new Letters of Oliver's (highly unimportant for most part, and highly embarrassing as I now stand),—each new Letter with its commentaries somewhat like an ancient rusty nail imbedded in half a ton of dust, of which I am to see what I can make!— All that are genuine I decide to make an effort towards disengaging, and printing in some Appendix, for the benefit of the Owls and others,—and as this is the last time I mean ever to bring operative hand on that Book, I feel anxious to have it as exact as I can, as complete too as I can.

Here has a List of 5 Letters to the University of Oxford come-in this morning. I never heard of them before, and do not fancy they are of much moment: however, if they be procurable I ought to have them. Not knowing any so charitable person I again apply to you.

The List seems abundantly specific. If you could inquire of Dr Bliss (to whose consummate accuracy and clearness as an Editor I am much indebted in these unspeakable inquiries), of Dr Bliss, or of what other competent person there may be, perhaps it would not be difficult to get me either copies of those old Letters, or else a good assurance that they do not exist now.1 In the former case some marginal word or two from the pen of Dr Bliss, to make the Letters dimly intelligible again, would be a very great favour.

Excuse this new trouble I lay on you;—in fact you ought to pity me.2

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle—