October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO CHARLES REDWOOD ; 18 February 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460218-TC-CR-01; CL 20: 122-123


Chelsea, 18 feby, 1846—

My dear Sir,

Here is a small piece of Paper which I have already had, under my Clerk's management, at the British Museum: but he reports “a big Evans in two volumes 4to,” and can make nothing of my inquiry.1

You once sent me an Evans, did you not; “a small modern Book”? Which I left for you at Llandough, when I was there?— If so, and you can again lay hands on it, I will ask you to look at p. 181, and see what there is. ‘Humphry Hook’ Alderman of Bristol, a ‘Monopolist’ and as such dismissed from the Long Parlt,—has got a Letter from Cromwell in his favour (sorrow on him!) and concerns me for a moment.— — If you can find nothing; neither Evans nor p. 181, nor Humphry Hook,—let it even rest so, in the name of Oblivion; and Hook shall do with what light he has!—

These new Letters of Cromwell, hardly of any intrinsic consequence at all, but necessary to be intercalated without hurting the Book, occasion me infinite bother. With Printers in the rear, and paper-clippings up to the chin, I am again in a pickle! But it is piety to the Memory of a Hero; and this time it shall be the last. One must be patient for a month or two!—

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle