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14 BARBAULD, ANNA LETITIA, 1743-1825, authoress, A. L.s. 21 pp. 4to. Aug. 10, 1815, to Mrs. Beecroft, referring to the campaign of Waterloo, and the presence of Napoleon at Torbay

15 CARLYLE, THOMAS, 1795-1881, 5 A. L.s. (one with signature cut off, some slightly defective), 13 pp. 8vo & 4to, to Robert Chambers, April 3-Dec. 21, 1842, about raising a subscription and obtaining a pension for Mrs. Begg, the surviving sister of Robert Burns; and an A. L. 4 pp. 8vo, June 6, 1842, from R. Monckton Milnes (afterwards first Baron Houghton) to Mrs. Begg, announcing that she had been granted a pension of £20 a year (6) ** The circumstances of the case, which Chambers evidently called to Carlyle's attention, gave the latter an opportunity for one of his characteristic outbursts:

How many tavern-dinners are eaten yearly in all quarters of the globe, and froth-speeches delivered, in elegiac commemoration of the brokenhearted Robert Burns, with "Ah, the barbarously-entreated Poet; ah, if we had him here now!" and his own Sister is yet here, and one of those tavern dinner-bills would be a benefit to her; and froth-speech is still all that results!... Such "Worship of Heroes " is like much else that it holds of a thing requiring peremptorily to be altered.

But Carlyle took a more practical interest in Chambers' philanthropic efforts for Mrs. Begg: he gave his own

'poor guinea; a kind of widow's mite, which,

poor as all authors are, it will be a luxury to me to give.'

He collected some money from his friends, and secured the powerful help of Milnes, who seems from the correspondence to have been largely instrumental in obtaining the pension. 15* DEFOE, DANIEL. Signature to a small portion of a doc. on vellum, rare-LONGFELLOW, H. W., A. L.s. 1 p. 8vo. Oct. 6, 1853

(2) 16 GORDON, GENERAL C. G., 1833-85, A. L.s. 2 pp. 8vo, to Mr. Anderson, May 19, 1865, and an Auto. memorandum, 2 pp. folio, twice signed, of machinery required by the Chinese Government (2)

*At this time Gordon was back in England after the suppression of the Taiping rebellion.

17 HOGG, JAMES, 1770-1835, The Ettrick Shepherd, auto. MSS. 21 pp. folio of two sketches, headed respectively "The dorty wean" and "The History of an auld naig," addressed to S. C. Hall, Messrs. Westley & Davies, Booksellers, London, Aug. 7, 1829

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18 MEREDITH, GEORGE, 1828-1909, A. L.s. 2 pp. 8vo. London, 7 Upper Ebury St., Pimlico, June 4, 1849, to Messrs. Chambers.

I have sent you the enclosed poem in the hope that it will be acceptable to your Journal. It was written immediately on receipt of the intelligence which it chaunts, and will I think even now find many an echo in hearts akin to the subjects and the name which christen it.

The poem referred to is Chillianwallah, Meredith's first published composition, issued in Chambers' Journal, 1849

19 MEREDITH, GEORGE, A. L.S., 3 pp. 12mo, June 12, 1849, to Leitch Ritchie, Esq., June 12, 1849.

I am obliged by your acceptance of the Poem. Would a translation of the life, etc., of Kossuth the Magyar suit the columns of your journal? The accounts of the man now afloat are flimsy and unconnected.

I beg you to substitute for "hearts" in the 7th line of the last verse of
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hopes." Thus-

"And the hopes of all will languish," etc.,

20 MEREDITH, GEORGE, A. L.s., 3 pp. 8vo, to the same, Nov. 30, 1849, care of T. L. Peacock, Esq., 22 John St., Adelphi, Strand, London.

I trust it is not too

I send you four sheet pages of "Kossuth." late-but the fact is I was determined to ascertain if the character of Kossuth was as fine as I had imagined. .. You are at liberty to erase ALL passages which suit not the purpose or politics of the Journal.

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I accompany this with some Sonnets on Two Kings of England, which if you like form a series.

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I have been contemplating a sketch of the life of HERMANN who has lately died. There is as yet no English account, etc.

**Probably the Sonnet on John Lackland, printed in the Poems of 1851, is the only survivor of this series.

⚫ 21 MEREDITH, GEORGE, A. L.s., 1 pp. 8vo, to the same, Dec. 1, 1849. I find I have forgotten to enclose the Sonnets mentioned in my letter of yesterday's date...I think they would do very well if taken in a series and I have a great many already finished, etc. Let me know about the article on Hermann as early as you can.

The above four letters are of extraordinary interest to students of Meredith's biography, though (with the exception of the above-mentioned Chillianwallah) we have not been able to trace the publication in Chambers' Journal of any of the Sonnets or articles referred to. Only one earlier letter is published in Meredith's letters (2 vol. 1912), in which collection these letters are not included.

22 WILKIE, SIR DAVID, 1785-1841, A. L.s., 13 pp. 4to, Oct. 8, 1828, to the Right Honble Sir Robert Liston.

** Interesting letter, speaking of pictures he had painted in Spain, which, though unfinished, had been mentioned to George IV., who had ordered the artist to finish them for him.

OCTAVO.

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