July 1847-March 1848

The Collected Letters, Volume 22


TC TO JOSEPH EDLESTON ; 25 February 1848; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18480225-TC-JE-01; CL 22: 251-252


Chelsea, 25 feby, 1848—

Dear Sir,

Accept many thanks for your communication; it contains various hints worthy of attention; the Dudley-Wyatt Letter will well deserve its place in the Appendix.1 Might I trouble still farther, a little, for some elucidations still wanting in regard to this and the other points.

1. Will you be so good as mention specially where this Letter now exists. In Trin. Col. Library, or where? I fear there are no means of making out in whose hand the copy is:—is the writing of “Dr T. Hill” himself known at all? Him naturally one guesses first. For the rest, I suppose there is no doubt about the “L.P.” in the docket (not “L.G”; Ld Protector, 1653 not Lieutt General); or of the “Sr” (not “Mr”) as applied to Wyatt?2 The latter query has importance; for if this is Sir Dudley Wyatt, I should guess with some confidence that he is the same man as Clarendon's Sir Dudley:3 a roving unrestful “fellow”; who seeing the Peace now come, wishes to get back to his College and revenues; but not succeeding there, and finding indeed that there is War coming again and endless scope for spyship and intrigue, devotes himself to that other branch of business.

2. In regard to Wharton's 3 Letters, will you specify the designation of them in the Fitzwilliam Catalogue (so that they could be found, on asking);4 and get me an exact copy of the Postscript, which, by the first opportunity, I will certainly insert in its place.5 Perhaps you could mention also about what year those Letters were discovered in Norfolk and came into the F.m Museum?

3. “A festo Annunciationis” &c is a welcome illumination to me of Noble's stupid darkness.6The heading, I conclude, stands quite apart from all the names; perhaps runs along the top of more pages than one? Pray, if it is not too much trouble, could you count for me how many names precede Oliver's;—or if that is too long a job, enable me to say generally “a considerable way down,” a “short way,” or otherwise, as the case may be. But I suppose (as Sidney Sussex is a small College), the counting will be the preferable plan.

The distance from Cambridge to Huntingdon (which I rode only once, with a thunderstorm chacing me on the horizon)7 is rectified, I think, in the second edition; it, as well as the other particular you allude to, and several more: but there is no getting to an immaculate state even in that respect.

Believe me, / Dear Sir / Yours with many thanks

T. Carlyle