January-September 1856

The Collected Letters, Volume 31


TC TO EDITOR OF THE TIMES ; 28 January 1856; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18560128-TC-EOT-01; CL 31: 17-18


ca. 28 January, 1856

Sir,—On behalf [For behoof]1 of such of your readers as took interest in the Subscription for Saml Johnson's Goddaughter the aged Miss Lowe and her Sister; whh was set on foot in Novr last, will you permit us to announce that the same is about to close.

The sum raised is still [only] considerably under £300: but on the other hand, the price of such a [the proposed] Life Annuity proves cheaper than we anticipated; and in addition to this, there has a lucky chance come to help us a little. Mauritius Lowe, Miss Lowe's father, is now discovered to have been the benevolent Painter by whom Turner, at that time a barber's boy, was first recognised, befriended, and saved to Art: in return for which fine action, an ardent and renowned admirer of Turner2 (whose name we do not indicate farther) [everyone guesses, rightly, to be Mr Ruskin] decides to gratify himself by bestowing henceforth £5 annually on the Misses Lowe, and permits us to publish such his resolution, if that can make it more binding. So that, on the whole, there is now as good as an “addal Annuity of £30,” £30, which was our minimum limit, secured for these aged ladies; and thus by one means and another, our small problem can be considered as done.

One fact must not be omitted: there has been no soliciting, nor shadow of such, anywhere used in this matter. The sum gathered has altogether fallen voluntarily, like the rain or the dew; as genuine gift of the feelings appealed to;—rather touching to see amid the huge expenditures (not all of them celestial, or like the dew on Gideon's fleece)3 of this our day!— We beg to thank very sincerely our fellow contributors; and dismiss the little transient assemblage with a kindly farewell.

The Subscriptn Books at Messrs Coutts's Strand & at Messrs Grote and Prescott's—Street, City, will continue open till (Wednesday the—?); after Wednesday they will be closed; and the net Amount will then promptly be invested in the form of Life Annuity for the Misses Lowe, we expect, in the Mitre &c,4—and so soon as that operation is complete, the List of Subscribers will be published in The Times.

We have the honour to be, Sir, &c