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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 22: 1850-53
John Gibson Lockhart to Charlotte Lockhart Hope, 11 February 1851

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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February 11, 1851.

Dear Cha,—Sir Edwin Landseer called on Sunday. He had taken the doggies to Windsor the day before, and on being introduced told the Queen that they were in their basket in the corridor. She instantly ran out and began to open the hamper. Landseer said, ‘Take care, Madam, they have been dressed with a little oil and brimstone.’ ‘Pooh,’ said she, ‘what signifies that?’ and so she took them out and caressed both so skilfully that they began to run about after her, and she went for the children, who joined in the enjoyment of the new playthings, as did Prince Albert when he came in by-and-by for luncheon. After that the Queen said she knew not which to choose, both were so charming, and Landseer said it was designed to place both at her feet. She said it was too much,
but she would give Mr. F. Scott in return a couple of pups of whatever kind he chose from her own stock. I was asked by Landseer to write this to Frank, and did so yesterday. So ends the little play of Pepper and Mustard. We gave them, before delivery, the names of Master Ettrick and Miss Yarrow. Their papa is a handsome dog at Borthwickbrae.1

“I have received lately two or three pamphlets about ‘the Holy Oriental Church,’ which made me suspect something like what you mention. But there was a very queer article in the Revue des Deux Mondes a few months ago, ‘On the Ecclesiastical Affairs of the West from a Russian Point of View,’ written by a Sclavon, and asserting the claims of the Eastern Church to supersede the Popes of Rome, and the likelihood of this being ere long acknowledged, in consequence of the feebleness of the Papacy and the death of Anglicanism, and the worse than death of the German schism in all its branches. He says that when, for the first time after so many centuries, ‘an orthodox emperor’ knelt at the shrine of St. Peter, the effect was felt by the Romans of every class so as to prove their sense of Nicholas’s ecclesiastical position and prospects.

“In remuneration of my helping her with an epitaph for the Colonel, Mrs. Charles Ellis has sent me a gift of six bottles of forty-year-old rum, and the elder widow has announced as about to arrive

1 Near Harden. Then the seat of Mr. Elliot Lockhart.

half of a pig: so much for widows this week—nothing like them.

“Did Hope ever see ‘The Forester,’ by the woodman at Arniston? A new edition has just come out, and my copy is much at his service. I fancy it contains the best rules about sale of wood in Scotland, and might be useful to you.—Affectionately yours,

J. G. Lockhart.”