1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO SAMUEL WILBERFORCE; 11 May 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550511-TC-SWI-01; CL 29: 305-306


Chelsea, 11 May, 1855—

Dear Lord Bishop,

I had taken it into my head, as the poor old Miss Lowe had already a £10 pension from some royal fund or other, it might be from yours;1 and that her delay to write or answer might originate from some entanglement thence arising. I wrote to her in consequence (shewing how to unravel, and pull straight, said entanglement, if it existed); and appear to have added oil to the fire that was already acting on the poor old soul,—on the score of her royal Academy interests! Her Letter is very confused; and not interpretable to me except on guess. One comfortable thing is clear: your Secretary has already paid her £10 (unless I misread), and at least there is no question as to the “Queen's Bounty” henceforth:—Euge [Alas]!

I enclose her letter, to certify so much. Some parts of it are not to be understood without the Paper, now put under another cover, with her Address on it;—which latter please close and forward; burning the other parts of this despatch. And accept again my hearty thanks and congratulations on this small matter, now that it is finished.

I remain always / Your Lordship's most obedt & obliged

T. Carlyle