August-December 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 15


TC TO ROBERT CHAMBERS ; 21 December 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18421221-TC-RC-01; CL 15: 244


Chelsea, 21 Decr, 1842—

My dear Sir,

The more I considered that matter of Mrs Begg's Pension, the more incredible it became to me that Sir Robt Peel could have done such a thing. My first hypothesis was that I had misunderstood your Letter; that by the omission of some “each,” or other such word, the meaning might have been defaced and overset in that passage. But no: there is a second sentence in which you say, and count expressly, that the Beggs have ten pounds in all from this source. My next conclusion therefore was that some Clerk or Subaltern Official at the Treasury was in error; that if so, Sir Robert ought to be again made acquainted with the matter.

Accordingly I set one of my friends to make inquiry at the Treasury: his answer arrives this morning, That all is right there; that it is not ten pounds to the two Misses Begg, but ten pounds to each of them,—twenty pounds in all, as was originally settled. Here are the particulars as he writes them down.

With great satisfaction I conclude, therefore that your information was defective; that the business itself is all right. Your own reckoning, with the results of it, you can rectify at your leisure: but if there is anything else to be rectified, if these Treasury people are still in error or defect, pray apprise me instantly. Otherwise, I say, there is no haste.

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle