August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


TC TO ROBERT CHAMBERS ; 2 December 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18421202-TC-RC-01; CL 15: 213-214


Chelsea, 2 Decr, 1842—

My dear Sir,

This Post-Office order, for the Begg Subscription, does not represent my own sovereign which you were rigorous enough to send back to me, but the sovereign of a “Wm Hamilton Esq,1 Cheapside,” from whom I received that sum after the rest had been despatched to you. I meant to add it to some pittance which I understand Mr Forster (58 Lincoln's Inn Fields) still holds,2 with the firm purpose of sending it to you: but we do not meet often, Forster and I; and last time we did meet, he was not yet ready: so, to wash my hands of all chance of sacrilege, do you here take the little coin, and add it to the others!

Your last Letter expressing some doubt as to the annual pension of £20, I forwarded it to Milnes; from whom there came answer, That at the Treasury things went on very slow, but that of the pension itself there was no doubt whatever.3 Well;—I wish poor Mrs Begg had the first instalment of it. Should there be any altogether too ominous delay, pray give us notice, and it shall be quickened. Milnes, I believe, is in Constantinople or somewhere far Eastward;4 but there are other people here.5