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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 18: 1837-43
John Gibson Lockhart to Henry Hart Milman, 14 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 14, 1845.

My dear Milman,—Your note gives me an anxious and earnest hope that you mean to do Newman, and I am certain you, and only you, could do him in a way that would be satisfactory to the sane and superior mind of the country. I may not be able to have a talk with you to-morrow on such matters, therefore I say now, that if you undertake the thing, I shall feel at ease; and if you don’t, I know I shall have much trouble with Gladstone,
who will be sure to desire a job for which his deep predilections must render him entirely unfit. He has not yet offered, but in some recent letters he says he is studying the book.

“If you do this now, and rightly, you will carry on and complete the very salutary impression made by the paper on Michelet—which I think you ought now to acknowledge generally. I hear it is commonly given to Dr. Turton. I think I wrote you so. They had traced it to the Abbey. I think it very likely—there not being time now for much politics, and it being on the cards that we may find either another Conservative Government contracted, or a Radicalised Whig one in power by the time Parliament meets—that we may be forced to publish a number in February, for the purpose of taking ground decidedly and deliberately. I have promised, however, to set about the miscellaneous two hundred pages of the spring number forthwith, so as to be quite ready in case there should be a call of this nature on the Quarterly Review.—Ever yours affectionately,

J. G. Lockhart.”