October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO DAVID LAING ; 28 January 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460128-TC-DL-01; CL 20: 113-114


Chelsea, 28 jany, 1846—

My dear Sir,

In your valuable edition of Baillie,1 at p. 218 vol ii, you have a Note upon Major-General Crawford. I do not care very much about that windy individual; but having fallen into some unlucky connexion with him for a moment, I would rather be exact in the business than not.

Now you well explain there how it comes that Godwin (Histy Commonwealth i. 380) calls this man Skeldon Crawford; which is one error swept out of the way. But you yourself call him William, and say he was a Major of Horse in 1642; which, as he came in feby 1643–4 to be Major-General of the Earl of Manchester's Army, seems rather unlikely.

Anthony Wood (Life p. viii, Bliss's editn) names him Laurence;2 and has another story about him generally, which but for you I should have at once believed.

Would you be so kind as glance again at that matter, and set it right for me.— — I have followed Crawford all thro' Baillie under your guidance, thro' the Commons Journals &c &c, and do not anywhere find his Christian name. Probably Wood is right?— I have got, under most abstruse envelopements, a Letter of Cromwell's, old Copy of a Letter, which seems to have been addressed to this blustering Whiskerando: otherwise I should leave him most willingly in eternal darkness, ‘buried in the Cathedral of Hereford, with his monument removed.’3

With many apologies and regards

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle