1854-June 1855

The Collected Letters, Volume 29


TC TO LADY STANLEY; 23 June 1855; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18550623-TC-LST-01; CL 29: 338


Chelsea, 23 june, 1855—

Dear Lady Stanley,

I have just now despatched the Note about the Treasury £100 to my old women; which will gladden their poor old hearts so far.

Last night, at your fine Party (whh was the pleasantest I have been at, this long time, and very good really!), I spoke a word to Lord Stanley about the Lady Palmerston part of that Lowe business. He, I regret to say, gave me very little hope;—but then he is an unbelieving man; and his bark, too, I have sometimes noticed, is worse than his bite!

Certainly your prognosis of Lady Pn was much more favourable; and it still seems to me her Ladyship will perhaps herself complete this poor business. The Govt having touched it at all, will it not be far better for the Govt to do it, without foreign help? Sixpence being the sum wanted, why should an opulent person give fourpence and stop there!

I shall regret excessively to go into the Times with this business; but one cannot quit it with a safe conscience in that half-done state.1

I know you will, if you can, still speak a good word to the Lady Palmerston, and I hope will still succeed: at any rate, please let me know now as soon as possible what the issue is to be.

And your Petitioner will ever pray,—and not bother you any farther for some time! God knows I have work enough of my own in this garret without going out to Deptford2 to seek more. But this is a true thing, in the old Psalm of David (Scotch metre),

“Blessed is he that wisely doth
The poor man's case consider;
For when the time of trouble is,
The Lord will him deli“ver!”3

Adieu dear Lady Stanley; it is the duty of human creatures (especially female do) to be good as well as beautiful,—is it not?

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle