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The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart
Chapter 22: 1850-53
John Gibson Lockhart to Charlotte Lockhart Hope, 7 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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Sussex Place, February 7, 1851.

Dear Cha,—I return Murray’s note. He means well, I believe, but in short I am always worried near death before I can get out a No. by the tempers that are to be managed. The truth is that John Murray is sick of Croker, and Croker is now in a most impracticable state—exceedingly jealous that he is supposed to be falling off in his mental vigour, which I see no signs of, though his bodily condition is certainly alarming. These annoyances are more added to domestic affliction than I am well able for—but I am better now than I was when J. M. wrote to you.

“Yesterday I had at dinner here Gleig, who proposed himself; Fergusson, Sir J. Wilson, William and Frank Scott, who slept here, and is also to dine and sleep this night. He kindly brought me a pair of most charming pepper pups four months old, of clear descent from the Abbotsford race and inimitably varmint. He and I conveyed them this morning to Landseer, who is to carry them to Windsor to-morrow in person, and so there is an end of that bother as far as we are concerned.

P.S.—The article Junius in the Quarterly Review has made a sort of sensation here, and many are at

ton’s own death-bed wraith appeared, so contemporary testimony reports (in the Scots Magazine of the following month and in Reynolds’sMemoirs”), to a friend at a distance. The reviewer did not go into the very curious evidence as to the spectres.

least staggered. I was not convinced, but thought the writer showed such research and ingenuity, and treated a delicate topic with such inoffensiveness, that I ought not to refuse him a fair field. He is a Kentish gentleman, by name
Coulton,1 and I never saw him till yesterday, when his manners made a very favourable impression. Henry Cheney remembers well the old Lord Mount Norris, son of the wicked Lord Lyttelton’s sister, Lady Valentia, who was Lyttelton’s heir-at-law, and inherited, inter alia, from him an estate near Badger, in Salop. Cheney says Lord Mount Norris was full of stories about the bad uncle who had been good to him. Lord Lyttelton latterly could bear neither solitude nor darkness; often his little nephew, awaking in the night, found his uncle by his side on his bed, and was told that he could not remain in his own room, it was so full of horrors. At all times he had a blaze of wax-candles in his own bedroom all night. This last circumstance I recollect Sir Walter Scott mentioning thirty years ago or more, so he could not have had it from the Cheneys, whom he first and alone knew at Rome in 1832. It is a shocking story certainly. Lord Lyttelton and Gladstone are both much shocked with the article, and Lord Lyttelton has offered access to his family papers. I suppose the wicked lord’s reputation would, in his family’s opinion, be mended by his identification with Junius, which, in any other man’s case, would

1 I read it Carleton; the copyist, “Coulton.”

come to moral damnation, in his already reached, and which here could only add an intellectual prestige by way of circonstance attenuante.

J. G. Lockhart.”