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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 21: 1842-50
John Gibson Lockhart to Charlotte Lockhart, 28 December 1846

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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Monday, December 28, 1846.

Dear Cha,—Croker slept here these two nights, and made himself very agreeable. I had Christie to dine yesterday, and they fraternised beyond my hope. To-day Croker has gone to the Duke of Rutland’s, who likewise is in dudgeon against Prince Albert about the brazen Duke’s removal
from the Arch—to say nothing of Anti-Peel politics, in which all that sit are still fervidly united with
Brougham, Lyndhurst, and old Lowther himself to encourage them. The Court is in bad, bad odour with all the Tories. I am distressed to hear that Walter is low—but I thought it right to let him see exactly what military judges said, and I enclose another scrap of Moryllion’s (?) to the same tune. But I am quite anxious that he should consider and form an opinion of his own. If I could be sure of life, and that my health would enable me to keep the income I have for a course of years, I should not grudge him £300 a year, though certainly anything beyond that would be utterly impossible, and it is the dread of fresh extravagance from vanity, his besetting sin, that hangs over me. But I don’t wish to write about such things—much better wait till he arrives. Mr. Croker thinks, in the present state of Ireland, India, and France, there is no chance of any reductions in the cavalry establishments.

“Here are two lady letters only for you—return or don’t burn Maria E(dgeworth).—Yours affectionately, J. G. Lockhart.”