October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO VERNON LUSHINGTON ; 13 January 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570113-TC-VL-01; CL 32: 73-74


Chelsea, 13 jany, 1857—

My dear Sir,

I got the two Cromwell volumes all right: “many thanks!” I may well say, and feel. You have saved me a great deal of time and labour; and done the business as well or better than if I had myself been in it.

I have not gone into the removal of the markers yet: but probably shall this evening; I guess it may be an hour's work or little more.

You wish me to say “sand hills,” then, instead of “chalk hills”? That surely will be worth doing in the circumstances.— As to die meaning properly “live” (or something like it),—I still cannot make sense of the passage unless in that way: “If yr Daughter bring a son to Dick and you, you pay, at sight of that phenomenon, £2,000; at any rate in six months after the marriage, you pay £1,000, and if Dorothy have no child (or only daughters, which seems the same), you will not be asked for the other £1,000.”1

But all this is superfluous at present. What I had to do was to ask you to come to us (at the old hour, in the old way) on Thursday Evg,2 when there is to be a Welsh-English friend of ours making a call, who wants to know you, and whose acquaintance I think will not be disagreeable to you. He is from Oxford originally; one Foxton;3—who did an extremely heterodox thing, threw away his clerical surplice and living (on account of not believing in them), but is otherwise a very social, cheery and by no means dangerous character.

We expect you, if you answer nothing.

Yours always truly /

T. Carlyle