The Collected Letters, Volume 26


TC TO ELIOT WARBURTON; 23 November 1851; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18511123-TC-EW-01; CL 26: 241-242


Chelsea, 23 Novr, 1851—

My dear Sir,

Many thanks for your Malaga Anecdote; which you are very kind to send me. It is an interesting appendix to the fate of poor Boyd;1—and indeed so beautiful a little trait of its kind that one not only wishes to believe it, but would fain be compelled to do so: I mean, would fain have the evidence of some eye-witness (if that were possible), and so by extinguishing all uncertainty about it, complete its excellence. You, I am afraid, can do nothing farther in the matter: you heard it talked of as a fact by reputable people in society, in Spain, perhaps in Malaga itself, some years ago; and then your testimony finishes. This is something, this is much; and we will thankfully take it and keep it, if we can get no more. But perhaps Mr Marks2 himself is still living, and even in England? Perhaps, as I said, somebody who saw the fact is yet here to assert it and authenticate it? Nothing in the least hinders one to believe, for the scene is perfectly natural and conceivable; but in such a case one wd feel it a happiness to be compelled.

I think of sending [a?] Note to Captain A. Sterling, John's Brother, who is now in Ireland, soon coming back; and whose relationship to Boyd, and leisure for such investigations, may induce him to make farther inquiry on the subject.— In any case I am much obliged to you for this communication; which indeed is welcome to me both for your sake and its own.3 Pray offer my regards and remembrances to Mrs Warburton,4 if the fair lady will accept them;—and believe me

Yours very truly /

T. Carlyle

Eliot Warburton Esq &c