October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO LADY HARRIET BARING ; 20 February 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460220-TC-LHB-01; CL 20: 125


Chelsea, 20 feby, 1846

Sunday, yes my Beneficent, it shall be then:—the dark man shall again see the daughter of the Sun, for a little while; and be illuminated, as if he were not dark! Which he very justly reckons among the highest privileges he has at present. Poor creature!—

My wife will follow, on Monday or on Tuesday, according to your will. But you must do a little German,—you must. And I will come in the rear to see whether you are right. And, on the whole, you are going to be wise; and we are all going to be wise,—now that the Corn-Laws are abolished? It would well become us.

Here is a Letter from Everett, which, except for a glimpse it gives of Addiscombe reflected from over the Ocean,1 is not of importance. You can read it, if you are doing nothing. My “fame” in America, is it not a glorious thing? My “advantage” is, in the net sum £10 sterling, which I wrenched by dexterity from the long fingers of a thief, just in the nick of time! There are “enlightened countries” to which one sees the Devil with his whirlwinds rapidly approaching!—

Adieu my sovereign Lady. Take care of these ugly foggy evenings; we cannot quite afford to have you unwell! Also be patient with the dark man, who is forever loyal to you.

Yours to command /