The Collected Letters, Volume 25


TC TO SIR THOMAS FRANKLAND LEWIS; 5 April 1850; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18500405-TC-STFL-01; CL 25: 59-60


Chelsea, 5 April, 1850—

Dear Sir,

You favoured me with a Copy of Frances Cromwell's Petition about her Father's Body;1 a pathetic and interesting composition which I was glad to see.

Here among my old Papers, demanding to be burnt if it cannot somewhere be better disposed of, is a Memorandum which has long lain beside me concerning the Portrait of Oliver; involving also, I think, some notices of your relationship to him.2 The Collector is a painstaking creature; and his statements are probably exact so far as they go. I decide to send you the Paper; that at least you, and not I, may take the charge of putting it into the fire. It has lain here many weeks, waiting some chance of meeting you; and now I will leave it at the London Library to see whether it can there fall in with you

Believe me, / Yours most sincerely /

T. Carlyle

Sir F. Lewis Bart