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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 21: 1842-50
John Gibson Lockhart to Charlotte Lockhart Hope, 25 December 1847

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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Christmas, 1847.

My dear Cha,—I am very weary, and the daylight waxes dim apace, so I must merely wish all that is good for you and Hope and Walter, and say how it gratifies me that he is with you at this season—how sincerely I hope you three may spend many

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happy Christmases together. I will write a lengthy letter the first spare hour of day.

“I have Croker’s new edition of Bozzy for you, but this box must await your coming as well as Ellis’s. It is a very great improvement on his former editions, and makes a handsome large tome. It shall be bound ere you see it in suitable style. . . .

“All here rave about a novel, ‘Jane Eyre,’ of which I have read about half. I think it more cleverly written by far than any very recent one, and it has a strong interest, but hitherto a disagreeable one. It must be, if not by a man, by a very coarse woman.—Affectionately yours,

J. G. Lockhart.

“Kind regards to Mr. Badeley.”