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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 18: 1837-43
John Gibson Lockhart to Henry Hart Milman, 27 December 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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December 27, 1845.

My dear Milman,—You could not have told me more agreeable news. Be early ready, and be sure you shall have the last touch at the last proof.
I quite understand that a profane hand might do harm by the least alteration of a colon—to say nothing of a diphthong.

“I suppose you rather approve of sending a few Littlemore black sheep for the wide tables of the New Zealanders. G. will for the present be occupied with anti-agricultural schedules and devils-dustrial calculations; but, depend on it, his creed will by-and-by show itself in Elections of Antipodal Mitres—if—if—if—if the Government endureth—a right pregnant if.

Ellenburgh is writing a Proclamation, say his colleagues to be—but on what subject, or what place he is to have, I have not as yet been informed. I think, in case of war with Jonathan, he would do well at the Admiralty. Indeed, I don’t know why he might not replace Arthur presently as well as Albert. The Queen could make him a Field-Marshal if she liked, and I back him to invent a hat that would please even Jeames.1

“All good things be on you and your household, now and ever. Amen.

J. G. Lockhart.

P.S.—Have you read Arnold’s second volume? I suppose his work ought to be reviewed, and I am sure you are the proper person, if you should feel disposed.

“I shall get to London about the end of this month, and so I suppose will you—so my rural flir-

1 One reference, at last, to Thackeray.

tations with the house of Maryburgh must lie over until another season. Tell me, if you write again, what you think of the Duke’s health. I take it for granted you have seen a good deal of him as well as of your other neighbours; also whether you have heard anything particular lately touching
Lord Brougham.

“Kindest respects to Mrs. Milman, in spite of all her sarcasms upon

J. G. Lockhart.”