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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 18: 1837-43
John Gibson Lockhart to Henry Hart Milman, 17 February 1841

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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The Rev. H. H. Milman,
Kent House, Tenby, Pembrokeshire.
London, Feb. 17, 1841.

My dear Milman,— . . . I am not able to tell you whether Croker had any offer from Peel. His phrases are obscure on that head; but he seems to dine daily with the new Ministers, and to be in good humour with them all. Mahon had an offer of his old berth; but I fancy that, the new Foreign Secretary being a peer, Peel wished to take the Foreign department in the House of Commons on himself, and therefore made a merit of declining. Peel says he behaved very handsomely—and he has gone with his wife to the Loire apparently in placidity—so I look for his name by-and-by in a Gazette. Ashley has, to Peel’s extreme regret, stood aloof altogether on account of the Factory question—and the Carlton says his dissent has already cost them
Bradford. He, too, however, expresses no sort of displeasure, and I hope the crack may yet be mended—perhaps when a Lordship of the Chamber falls vacant.

“I have had as usual a request to give hints as to literary persons worthy of favour, and I hope some of my hints, falling in with those of more potent voices, may be attended to anon—e.g. as to Hayward, who ought to have a Police Magistracy or the like, if he pleases, as soon as possible. I suppose nothing could tear him from Mayfair, or a Colonial Bench might be adorned easily with his person. The Quarterly has but few on its staff, and of these I don’t know any other that is very likely to be served soon. In fact, we are a small band. Only Croker, yourself, and the Editor can be called regular supporters—if I may put myself with you two. Sewell, I fear, may hardly do for us, unless occasionally when I can tempt him out of his own beat, which he has pretty well exhausted. I wish they would give him a good living, however—and have said so—or a prebend, better still. Ford, Broderick, and one or two more, though now and then useful, are hardly more than outlying volunteers—old Barrow quite effete. I wish I could find one or two really good and sturdy hands; for we are all getting old, and I for one am often weary enough of the business of article-making. I assure you I have had neither offer nor promise of anything for myself—indeed, I never had anything like that,
except from Ministers whom I could not undertake to stand by, viz.,
Canning and Goderiche. But I daresay there is no indisposition to serve me in case of opportunity. Should a baronetcy be proposed, I shall beg to hand it to the Emperor.1

“Poor Theodore is off the list of claimants. He has of course died deep in debt—they say £30,000—and he has left six children, and there is a subscription going on, I think favourably, in their behalf. Four girls—all young women! and the mother, who is said to have been married by T. H. a year ago. His exit was characteristic—but I’ll keep it till we meet.

“There is a deal of very curious reading in a new American book by Stephens on Central America—rediscovered cities, temples, statues, inscriptions, &c, &c; but, to take up that, one should have Lord Kingborough’s huge work digested. The images have a most Hindoo look some of them—others almost Egyptian. Mr. Catlin is going to head a party of a hundred, under the Yankee Government, for exploring a region said to contain similar monuments in the direction of the Rocky Mountains. Perhaps we shall see the cloud dispersed. Already Stephens gives us minute plans and sections of palaces which nobody seems to have disturbed since the days of Pizarro, and he appears to have strong belief in the existence at this moment of an unvisited and entire Indian kingdom, enclosed between two

1 Mr. Murray.

ranges of the great Cordillera.1 Eight thousand copies of the book went off forthwith in America—so that the interest excited must be great. I expect some very magnificent things from
Peel in the way of building, painting, &c, &c. He is aware that this is Albert’s hobby, and it is also his own. Trench has published a new edition of his plan about our great river, and I really think if we live ten years we may see quays and railways on both sides, from Westminster Bridge to London Bridge.—Ever yours and Mrs. Milman’s,

J. G. Lockhart.”