The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO JOHN GLEN ; 6 May 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18530506-TC-JOGL-01; CL 28: 127-128


Chelsea, 6 May, 1853—

Dear Sir,

Today I have only time for a word, to say that the Petition is presented; Lord Aberdeen has all the Documents now in his keeping; promises, with all gravity, and official reserve, to “give them his consideration.” That is all we yet know, or shall for some time.

It seems there is not likely to be a final Decision till about the end of June, at which time the Pension Fund is voted: it will depend then, too, a little, on the number and the urgency of the other claims that may present themselves. We must wait with patience; there can, by you at least, be nothing more done: the facts are considered sufficiently proved; and other signatures &c, I am assured, would be perfectly useless. Lord Stanley says, the only thing that can be done is, to leave the case with the Prime Minister; and to get, perhaps once or twice, some influential person,—Lord Breadalbane, Duke of Argyll or the like,—to remind him of it in the interim. This, you may be sure, I will take care to do. At the end of June we shall see!

From Lord Stanley, in the way of horoscope or prophecy, I could get nothing; the Premier too, as in duty bound, had been officially dark: so “we must not be too sanguine!” Nevertheless I myself do indulge a kind of hope that something will be got out of the business,—some little, not much:—and yet I have no grounds that I can give. All that is certain is, I will do my very best; and shall be disappointed if absolute zero be the result as before.

The other night, being in a place where Lord Breadalbane was, I made acquaintance with him on this score; got his promise to speak to Lord Aberdeen; & have prepared a little Paper of Memoranda for his use in that. I mean also to have myself introduced to the Duke of Argyll, if it ever be convenient again; I yesterday wrote a long letter to him on this matter, which is to be delivered by a good hand.

You need not write at present. I will write again if anything in the least significant turn up. Meanwhile assure my dear Mrs Glen that I will not neglect the post I have taken up,—that she may peaceably rely on me, and wait with silent courage, as she is well used to do.— Yours very truly T. Carlyle