July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO EDWARD T. BLAKELY ; 7 January 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480107-TC-ETB-01; CL 22: 197-198


Chelsea, 7 jany, 1848—

Dear Sir,

As there are probably a great many persons in the same doubt you were in, regarding those Cromwell Letters, and the insane controversy that has arisen respecting them,—might I ask you to have the kindness to publish those two Notes that passed between you and me on the subject. Yours was the first inquiry of that kind directed to me, and it states the question as well as possible, and gets it conclusively answered: the printing of these two Notes might save the writing of a great many similar ones;—I have no other reason for asking you specially to come forward in the business.

Might I therefore request you to send a Copy of the two Notes, addressed: “To the Editor of the Examiner / 5. Wellington Street, Strand / London”; merely mentioning that it is at my request;—and that Gentleman will, with due courtesy of manner, manage all the rest. If you have no Copy of your Note, and have lost mine, then be so good as merely send your permission to publish them, and it will still do.

I am just going out of Town for some time; and could not refuse the Gentleman in question my authority to take that small step, and ventured also to say that he seemed to me pretty sure of yours; against which indeed I cannot conceive that there will be, to a lover of truth and of quietness, any objection. One other element of the favour will be: speed on your part;—as Editors are generally in haste to get their Articles ready. I have promised that your answer would be in Wellington Street if possible on Monday,1—on Tuesday morning at latest.

Many thanks for your hospitable purposes announced in Note second;2 of which if I ever come into your region, I shall have due memory.

Believe me / Yours very sincerely

T. Carlyle