1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO CHARLES BUTLER; 17 January 1854; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18540117-TC-CBU-01; CL 29: 21-22


5 CHEYNE ROW, CHELSEA, LONDON, January 17, 1854


Your very obliging letter came in due course of post, but except a silent record of thanks for your goodness, I was not at that time able to do anything with it. I had been called into Scotland; my dear and excellent old mother was passing away from me by the road we have all to go:—that unforgettable event took place on Christmas day; and ever since, there as here, I have been occupied as you may fancy. It was not till yesterday that I could get a proper copy of the Illinois bond; and to-day I hasten to send you the original, that you may dispose of it for me, according to your kind purposes, in the way you judge most advantageous.

The copy, so far as I can examine, is exact to the original now sent: Bond for $1,000. State of Illinois, No. 324 with thirty-warrants of interest of $30 each, attached to it, the first dated July, 1843, the last, July, 1860,1 by means of which, I suppose, the original could be replaced, should any accident happen to it.

As to management of the affair, I have only to say that the money is not at all wanted here at present; and that I will leave the matter wholly to your skill and friendliness, well aware that there can be no course nearly so good for me and it. Had I once got notice from you that the bond has arrived safe, I shall dismiss it from the list of my anxieties, and wait with very great composure indeed for what issue you will educe from it. So enough on that subject.

Miss B has gone away from us—soon after you went—to St. Albans,2 the great Chancellor Bacon's place: there we suppose her to be elaborating the Shakspeare discovery! but have heard almost nothing since, and have seen absolutely nothing. The painter whom my wife spoke of has at length, I believe, actually got to sea, and will probably be in New York the week before this arrives:3 he has a note to Miss Lynch4 and you from my wife; and as he is both a really superior artist, and a very honest, modest, kindly and interesting man, we doubt not you will be good to him as opportunity offers. A lively remembrance of that pleasant evening survives here, too;5 it is not always that one falls in with human figures of that kind either from our side of the water or from yours! I beg many kind and respectful regards to Miss Lynch, whom I shall long remember.

And so adieu for this time,

Yours sincerely, /