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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 21: 1842-50
John Gibson Lockhart to Henry Hart Milman, 16 April 1849

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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Sussex Place, Regent Park,
April 16, 1849.

My dear Milman,—J. J. Rousseau says, ‘Dans les grandes afflictions le silence et la tristesse sont le vrai language de l’amitié.C’est tout dire.

“I hope it would now do you good to do me good, I mean by reviewing our friend Lyell’s two books on America. I have seen some sheets of the new one, and Murray would gladly supply you with them as they come to him if you could undertake the job. The old one never was reviewed in the Quarterly Review, and was badly and scantily treated by stupid young Merivale in the Edinburgh, so you may consider it as fresh material.

“Of course there would be some delicate subjects to touch on, and perhaps it would be necessary for you and me to talk over some of them beforehand; but I have no doubt our feelings would be much the same on anything of real moment. The tone
Lyell is very likely, I think, to promote the great cause of international amity, and I know you would be ready to follow it in the main, though he is too Whiggy for the Quarterly Review in some details.

“The doom poem now sent is his. I add two volumes of Whitefield’s Methodist Hymns, in which you’ll find a new evangelisation of Tom Moore’s Melodies. These please quote after Book of Doom, and let me have them again, for they are dear to me as the ruddy drops, &c—Yours,

J. G. Lockhart.”