January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO MARGARET A. CARLYLE ; 8 June 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420608-TC-MAC-01; CL 14: 202-203


Chelsea, Wednesday [8 June 1842]

My dear Mother,

Before going out to the Museum, I will write you a single word about the poor Widow Begg, the Sister of Burns at Tranent. By dint of the requisite exertions here, chiefly on the part of Milnes (of Fryston in Yorkshire) whom I set a-working, Peel has been prevailed upon to grant her a Pension of £20 a-year, which also is to be continued in the shape of £10 a-year to each of her two Daughters should they survive her. He makes farther a present donation of £50 from some other public fund at his disposal. Is not this good news? The poor Widow had already £10 a-year from some Scotch charity: she will now have £30 and this £50 to start with, besides what the Subscription will still yield, will entirely set her up, poor body. Milnes is the man I staid with in Yorkshire, last year; a very good little man indeed. Had Chambers1 been left to himself, as he requested to be, it seems as if he would have made but a poor figure: last time I heard, he had contrived to get just one subscription: a single guinea from Menteath of Closeburn!2 Let us be glad that a little good has been got done, and a deserving person relieved in her old age.

Neither “His Grace” nor any Factor of his has yet sent me the smallest word about Templand. Very lucky that I do not depend on them and their decision for a living! It is small all the power they have over me, or are ever like to get, in this world or the next! Let us be thankful.

Here is a Paper that some of my admirers have written, I think, in some Newspaper: It came to me yesterday in this state.3— Dear Mother are you well, as I am? I must not add a word more or I shall get into a regular writing bout. Let Jenny send a Paper when you and she get to the Gill. Ever your affecte