January 1835-June 1836

The Collected Letters, Volume 8


TC TO LEIGH HUNT; 15 June 1836; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18360600-TC-JHLH-01; CL 8:353-354.


Sunday Night 11 O'clock [mid-June? 1836]

My Dear Sir,

I had a long conversation with Mr Talfourd; whom I found to be a most polite humane man; exceedingly well disposed towards you.

After much frank communication, both of us agreed that of the two Schemes the one suggested by Jeffrey did seem the hopefuller; that as both could not be followed, this latter must for the present be exclusively aimed at,—in the track and by the methods which Mr Talfourd and other Friends had already decided on.

The grand point for the moment being that you should have the means of meeting this existing perplexity, I took pains to ascertain how you were to act so that the result (of getting money to pay the debt, tomorrow morning) might be “infallible.” This was the manner of procedure.

That you were to call at Mr Foster's1 tomorrow at 10 o'clock; when Mr F., furnished with Lord Melbourne's Letter and instructions how to act, would go with you, and get what money (£35 or £40) might be needful; the remainder to be put into some Bank, to lie there as a nucleus for the Subscription, which ought thereupon to be directly proceeded with.2

Knowing the pressure of the case, and to secure “infallibility,” I obtained farther that if you missed Mr Foster, or if by any accident Mr Foster and you could not obtain the money, then Mr Talfourd (who, or some substitute for him, was to be at the Court of Common Pleas) would himself advance the money on the security of that Letter.

I am in great haste. I write this down that the servant may convey it to you, at 6 tomorrow morning. There was nothing more to be said, even if I had seen you tonight. Good night my dear Sir,

Yours always /

T. C.