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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 18: 1837-43
John Gibson Lockhart to Henry Hart Milman, 9 October 1845

Vol. I. Preface
Vol. I Contents.
Chapter 1: 1794-1808
Chapter 2: 1808-13
Chapter 3: 1813-15
Chapter 4: 1815-17
Chapter 5: 1817-18
Chapter 6: 1817-19
Chapter 7: 1818-20
Chapter 8: 1819-20
Chapter 9: 1820-21
Chapter 10: 1821-24
Chapter 11: 1817-24
Chapter 12: 1821-25
Chapter 13: 1826
Vol. II Contents
Chapter 14: 1826-32
Chapter 15: 1828-32
Chapter 16: 1832-36
Chapter 17: 1837-39
Chapter 18: 1837-43
Chapter 19: 1828-48
Chapter 20: 1826-52
Chapter 21: 1842-50
Chapter 22: 1850-53
Chapter 23: 1853-54
Chapter 24: Conclusion
Vol. II Index
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Milton, October 9, 1845.

My dear Milman,—I thank you for your letter, and will meditate on the subject thereof; but I do not believe I shall be able to make up my mind to ask any one to do a paper on Newman, unless you should yourself encourage me to ask you. I think the tone of your last article perfect, and so I fancy all its readers (sane readers) have done; excepting, of course, the Morning Post, who considers it a bit of Hoadleyism—Croker, who suspects it of being Ward’s post-nuptial statement—and Palgrave, who says he is utterly puzzled to make out the
drift. Either
Gladstone or Croker would jump at the proposal, but I fear either would miss the mark. You could do what would satisfy equally sober Christians and calm gentlemen of the world, and yet even you would avoid the grand fact, but the ‘fact’ was avoided.

“I leave this place to-morrow—hope to be in London this day fortnight, and to see you there then, or speedily afterwards. Meantime pray consider what a great service you might do, not to the Quarterly Review merely, but to the Church and the country, by devoting some leisure to the working out of your own sage suggestions. Two or three such articles as the last would really rally round your name a very great body of via media people! I wonder you are not already a bishop, but hope and trust I shall see you one in three or four years.—I salute my godchild, and remain, ever affectionately yours,

J. G. Lockhart.”