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Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches (2 vols. and Supplement)

Author Carlyle, Thomas
Title Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches (2 vols. and Supplement)
Imprint London: Chapman and Hall
Date of Publication 1845
Language English
Notes The NLS already has later editions of this work, but this was an opportunity to acquire a first edition with interesting provenance. The half-title of the first volume is inscribed 'To Miss Wilson with many kind regards. T.C' in Carlyle's unmistakable hand, and a later hand notes that the volume was 'given to F.J. Conance Esq. as a Memorial from J.W. 1872'. This 'Miss Wilson' is probably Jane Wilson, 1790-1890, friend of Harriet Martineau, who with her brother Thomas began a friendship with Carlyle around 1836, when they suggested a lecture series to him. (Kaplan, pp. 239-240). Carlyle and his wife Jane wrte to the Wilsons and mention them in their letters of the period: in 1845, the year this book was published, Miss Wilson is chiefly notable for an unlucky dinner invitation which Carlyle complained about and tried to get out of.
Shelfmark ABS.3.203.007
Reference Sources Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, Duke-Edinburgh Edition. Fred Kaplan: Thomas Carlyle, A Biography. CUP 1983
Acquired on 08/04/03
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