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If I had you here, you should have ten sun at this season — to rummage a hun. times as much. Answer me soon, though dred waggon-loads of contemptible marine I have no right to ask it. Our kindest stores, and weld out of them a malleable regards to Mrs. Hunt to Thornton and all bar of any kind : it is such a job, now in the rest; not forgetting that smallest my old days, as was never laid on me be. listening Philosopher, who has forgot me fore ; - and what perhaps is worst of all, though I have not him. Adieu !
I intrinsically set no value on the beggarly “ Ever faithfully,
enterprise, and have only one wish or hope
“ T. CARLYLE." about it, that now I had done with it, for The two letters given below from Car- ever and a day! There is at last fair lyle to Hunt are short, but characteristic. prospect that I shall be out of the First The first, which is undated, runs as fol
Part in May coming. lows:
Mr. Moran, or any other friend of
yours, may have half an hour of me, when. “I had thought of sending over to you ever he resolves to send up your card. If for a loan of these two belligerent Cap. he wait till May he may find me (it is to tains; the more welcome to me is your be hoped) a much saner man than now gift, for which many kind thanks. I read but he may take his choice. the book over last night without rising " I remain ever, dear Hunt, (sedens pede in uno). What Aristotle and
“ Yours siocerely, the Schlegels, or even the British Able
“T. CARLYLE.” Editors might say of it I know not; but to me it seemed to be a real song, and to Readers of “ Frederick II." may be iogo dancing with real heartiness and rhythm terested in learning that in the eyes of its in a very handsome way, through a most author the book was a “beggarly entercomplex matter. To me you are infi- prise,” and one in which he appareatly nitely too kind; but it is a fault I will not look no interest whatever. I think there quarrel with.
can be no doubt that this was the work “Here are, too, wall-flowers, pledge of alluded to, which he was struggling to the Spring and of Hope. Why do you push to a climax in the beginning of the not come to see me? Depend upon it, year 1858. It was commenced in 1845, whatever hinders is most probably a mis- and the first volume appeared in the sumtake or an absurdity.
mer of 1858. Thirteen years of "con. " Jeffrey is in Towo; he that was temptible overwhelming labor” would Francis and is My Lord, — somewhat of certainly be enough to account for the the Francis having oozed out (I fear) in desperate condition of mind which the the interim. He will, with the greatest foregoing letter indicates. In another, he pleasure 'come hither to meet you some chafes at what he is pleased to call the night. Will you come? That is to say, “ Prussian Blockheadism" with which he will you actually come? Pray do not is forced to cope at this period. One can promise if it is to embarrass you. sympathize with the feeling of intense
“ Depend on the goodwill and perfect relief and satisfaction which must have trust and esteem of both me and mine. Il inspired him when he dashed off the conknow you do care for it.
cluding words of the sixth and last of the “ Always most truly,
bulky volumes : “Adieu, good readers : “ T. CARLYLE." bad also, adieu." The second is headed, “Chelsea : 3 Leigh Hunt in reference to his voyage to
“The sea is a grand sight," writes Jany. 1858."
Italy in the November of 1821, "a grand ** DEAR HUNT, - I received your kind sight, but it becomes tiresome and melannote, which was very welcome to me. choly a great monotonous idea The handwriting on the cover was like the least one thinks so when not happy." knock of an old friend at the door. By A bold undertaking in those days esa later post the same day the magazine pecially, to set out in the dreariest season arrived, for which you must report me of the year in company with an invalid much obliged to Mr. Moran.
wife, many small children, and the slen. “I am crushed down with contempt- derest possible purse, in search of a home ible, overwhelming labor this long time; in a foreign land. But his sanguine and scarcely able to keep alive under it at all, - unpractical temperament would not allow at it night and day for 18 months past, cut him to see difficulties and drawbacks to a off from the cheerful faces of my fellow plan which was suggested and urged upon creatures, and almost from the light of the l him by those for whom he had so strong
a regard. Byron was abroad, and from | exodus it is evident, by the foregoing him came glowing accounts of the desir- words, that he entertained some slight ability of a scheme which .he proposed misgiving that the advantages to the latter namely, that Hunt should join himself and might be qualified. Shelley in setting up a Liberal publication of the sea voyage, its preposterous in Italy, which, besides its supposed pe duration, its many vicissitudes, and its cuniary advantages, was to ensure new happy termination, we have an interestiog adherents to the cause of liberty. He record elsewhere. insisted also upon the entire adaptability The discovery, some time after the ves. of the Italian towos to the needs and sel had started, that she carried, besides requirements of Hunt and his family.. sugar, a surreptitious cargo of gunpowder
Shelley, who had taken up his abode at on board, which was being conveyed to Pisa, again and again urged his coming. Greece, was not calculated to soothe the Hunt longed to join them – to see Italy nerves of the invalid, whose thoughts in. was the dream of his life ; and when, cessantly dwelt on the unpleasant vicinity added to their entreaties, a doctor's opin- of so undesirable a neighbor, until peril ion was given that the change might be in and storm inspired her with new, and not every way beneficial to Mrs. Huot, he ill-founded apprehensions. hesitated no longer. He afterwards ad- It seems to have been a strange and mits "it was not very discreet (Autobi- trying experience, even for those days of ography) to go many hundred miles by difficult locomotion. A collision occurred sea in winter time with a large family; but on the second day after leaving port, the a voyage was thought cheaper than a jibboom being carried away and one of the journey by land. It was by Shelley's ad. bulwarks broken in, and the entire voyage vice that I acted, and I believe if he had appears to have been enlivened by gales recommended a balloon, I should have the most tremendous the captain had ever been inclined to try it.” Shelley's counsel witnessed. Incredible as it may seem to was characteristic; he says casually, as if us in these days of rapid progression, the whole business was the merest trifle | December 22, more than a month after in the world, “ Put your music and books she left the Thames, saw the brig Jane on board a vessel, and you will have no putting into Dartmouth harbor for a pause more trouble." The babies little and big, and breathing space! Here Hunt and his the delicate wife, and the numberless im. family took final leave of her; and after pedimenta accompanying so serious an spending some weeks at Plymouth, mainly undertaking as the removal of a large on account of Mrs. Hunt's health, em. family to such distant quarters, need not barked again in the David Walter, of apparently be taken into account when the Carmarthen, which called for the family "books and music” were once safely de- at Plymouth - this time in more promisposited on board. I must also quote a ing weather, and with better chances for sentence here from an unpublished letter a favorabie termination to their travels. written by Shelley to Thomas Jefferson A glance at Hunt's graphic account of the Hogg, which I have in my collection, and troubles encountered on board will satisfy which alludes to this matter; a word or the reader that he had, in all probability, two in the extract given indicating that the best grounds in the world for the the poet's advice, though not necessarily opinion quoted above — that the sea can insincere, was nevertheless not so entirely be " tiresome and melancholy” as well as disinterested as Hunt may have thought it. grand.
“ You have perhaps heard,” he writes The poet's appreciation of sunny skies to Hogg, “of my iniquity in seducing and romantic scenery was unbounded; the Hunt over to Italy. He is coming with very names of many of the Italian villages all his children to Pisa : what pleasure it he describes as “alluring; " yet his spirit would give him, me, and all of us if you was at times weighed dowo with the diffiwould follow his example ; but law, that cult problem of ways and means, and he disease inherited from generation to gen. exerted himself to the full to work, as well eration, that canker in the birthright of as to admire, in order to satisfy the deour nature, that sieve through which our mands of his little family. To the picture thoughts flow as fast as we pour them in, esqueness and beauty of his surroundings pens you in London at least for the we are doubtless indebted for much that greater part of the year."
is fine in his writings at this period. One Shelley was apparently fond of collect. recalls the beautiful and enthusiastic laning around him his friends and acquaint- guage he uses with reference to his ances, but in this matter of the Hunt | entrance to the Mediterranean sea, and the host of classical and romantic memo- sorry for it - I mean the idea of rebuking ries which must have assailed him, crowd- you without cause is very grievous to me, ing upon the natural beauties of the scene, and I am not sure, all things considered, for the first time spreading out before his that I would not rather have had a confeseyes. How changed, alas ! must have sion from you that you had been in a good been his feelings at a future time, when, handsome pet, followed up by a still band. homeward bound, after the lapse of a very somer repentance. few years, he reflected that the same blue “ The very greatest pleasure you can waters had remorselessly closed over the give me at this distance is to show your. head of the man he so dearly loved ! self superior to the humors of others (as
Among his letters from Italy are some you do, indeed, at home in a noble mancharming ones addressed to his wife's ner), especially when you reflect that I sister, Elizabeth Kent, to whom he was would rather please you than all other greatly attached. She it was who, on one women put together, your sister excepted, memorable occasion when a lovers' quar. anxious as I am to do good and give pleas. rel, assuming formidable dimensions, was ure where I can. threatening to separate him effectually “And now, Bebs mine, what shall I from his fiancée (then only fifteen or six crowd into the rest of this letter to give teen years of age !), had vigorously stepped you comfort after giving you pain? Fancy into the breach at a critical moment, re. all I would do to give it to you, and take stored the interrupted harmony, and man. it as well as you can. aged to place matters once more on a “Do you recollect a favorite spot of satisfactory footing. This service Leigh yours at Hampstead called the Ridge, with Hunt never forgot, his affection for wood underneath it? There is one here “ Bebs " being, as he reminds her in a let. as like it as it can stare. I have just been ter I have somewhere seen, "greater than casting my eyes upon it, and fancying myfor any other human being next to my self with you. Fancy yourself dancing wife and family.” She was also frequently with joy upon it here, which you would the companion of his solitude in Surrey surely do if you came; I mean — will do Jail, and when the delicate health of her when you come. And now I mention this, children obliged Mrs. Hunt to remove pray let me know in your next what hopes them, during Hunt's imprisonment, to the and prospects you have of your own on seacoast, it was to Elizabeth she looked that point. I never lose sight of them as to supply ber place in caring for the well- far as I am concerned. Why cannot you being and comfort of her husband during meet with another offer to bring you over ? her enforced absence.
I have more than hinted as much to the I transcribe a letter written from Italy Novellos in case they come. to this favorite sister-in-law:
"Pray, when you write again, do not
waste a good whole sheet of paper, and “ Florence : 26 Feby., 1824. very properly and closely written too, on “ DEAREST BEBS, When I tell you such long explanations about other people. that I am preparing to send off eight arti. Tell me, if you can, of every hair of your cles for the Examiner on Tuesday, you own head, and write as small and closely will not wonder that I do not write you a as you can, and cram your paper with longer letter. My next shall be a good everything that can give you pleasure, and crammed one. You will be glad to hear, nothing that can give you pain : for this is however, that I have got through these the way all existence should be crammed articles much better than I expected, and for you, if it could be, by your ever affecam altogether, indeed, much better in tionate friend, L. H.” health. If I go on as I do, I shall take a great stride in health, thanks to certain On Shelley's tragic end it would be su. illustrious games at hop-scotch which I perfluous to enlarge here. The final shock play every day with the boys at 12 o'clock to Leigh Hunt was broken, in a manner, in a great room here. At that time, till by the week of agonizing suspense which you hear to the contrary, you must fancy preceded the finding of the body, during me jerking my great black locks up and which time he, in company with Lord down like a schoolgirl, on one leg, and Byron and Edward Trelawny, was strainwidning eight games out of twelve. ing every nerve in unremitting effort to
“So, Bebs mine, you were not at all in an discover the missing boat and the fate of ill-humor with me, and never have been its occupants. To Trelawny the tragedy since I have been away. Well, I was go. was doubled in its intensity, owing to the ing to say, like an Irishman, I am very affection he entertained for Mr. Williams,
Shelley's companion at the time. The will give only a short one which I have following letter written by him to Hunt, never seen in prini. It is undated and is when the object of their search was pain written from Hampstead, and would be fully accomplished, will give some idea of comparatively unimportant in itself, save his terrible loss :
that it proceeds from that peo which was “ DEAR HUNT, – Will you break the so early to be laid aside forever. news by writing to - I could have
“ Wentworth Place. borne up against anything but this; but “ MY DEAR HUNT, You will be glad this last heavy blow bas uomanned and to hear I am going to delay a little time at overwhelmed me. I have felt some relief Mrs. Brawn's. in your sympathy, or I could not have
“I hope to see you whenever you can gone through in this new trial before me; I get time, for I feel really attached to you it has awoken me from the morbid state for your many sympathies with me, and of despair I have been in since hope left patience at all my lunes. me for the dreadful certainty that I have
“Will you send by the bearess Lucy lost all which made existence to me en. Vaughan Lloyd ? durable — nay, a pleasure. All my feel- “ My best remembrances to Mrs. Huot. ings of friendship and affection were kept
“ Your affectionate friend, alive and concentrated in them, and are
“ JOHN KEATS." buried with them. Henceforth, I will shun all such ties; but it is needless, for
The fortunes and vicissitudes of Italy I shall never again meet such beings to in her struggles for liberty and freedom call them forth. – Yours,
were at all times a matter of the most “ EDWARD TRELAWNY." profound interest to Leigh Hunt. I have
heard that fervent hopes for her well-being If agony of mind could “unman” Tre, and prosperity were mingled with his last lawny, it does not appear that physical earthly thoughts. It was probably during pain had power to do so. Robert Brown his stay in the South that he became ing, who travelled to Leghorn some time known to Joseph Mazzini, a letter from afier, mainly, as he says, to speak with whom is given below. One is struck with the man who had “known Byron, and seen the marvellous command of English dis. the last of Shelley,” records his amaze played by the Italian, and may be the less ment at Trelawny's marvellous indiffer- surprised that the enthusiastic addresses ence to bodily suffering - the operations to his fellow - countrymen, passionately of a surgeon who, during the greater part poured forth in his native tongue, should of the interview between them, was en have struck so deep and wide-sounding a gaged in probing for a bulletin Trelawny's note. The handwriting is very quaiot and leg, not appearing in the least to discon not easy to decipher. cert him, or to interrupt the conversation upon indifferent subjects that proceeded “ DEAR SIR, – I know that the · Ad. during almost all the time.
dress of the International League' has To Shelley's funeral pyre Leigh Hunt been sent to you with a wish that you tells us he added a little volume of Keats should give your name to the Council of (The Lamia, etc.) which he himself had Association.' Should the aim of the lent him only a few days previously, and League be an exclusively English one, I which was found open in his coat-pocket would not venture to meddle, or speak a when the catastrophe occurred which was word about it. to startle and horrify the world. Keats's “ But its aim is, in its substance, Europoetry was greatly admired by Shelley and pean, and its existence will prove, I fully Hunt (as readers of the former's “Ado- know, of great importance amongst others nais " and the latter's “Imagination and to my own country. Every token of sym- . Fancy" can testify) and was a frequent pathy from foreign countries, and espesubject of discussion between them. cially from England, imparts strength to Sheiley's beautiful description of the Prot our National party. estant burial-ground at Rome, where the “ Fallen nations, like fallen individuals, body of Keats was laid, will be remem- rise only through love and esteem. Your bered; strange chance that the same spot name is known to many of my countryshould be afterwards destined to receive men; it would no doubt impart an addibis own remains !
tional value to the thoughts embodied in Of Keats's letters to Hunt I have sev. the League. It is the name, not only of a eral, but as I believe them to have been patriot, but of a high literary man and a already published in some form or other I poet. It would show at once that national
questions are questions not of merely po- writing it, though spoken good-byes are litical tendencies, but of feeling, eternal sad. I wish, with all my heart, we had trust, and godlike poetry. It would show seen you, or been able to go and see you. that poets understand their active mission It was impossible a week or two ago, when here down, and that they are also proph- my wife returned from the country tired ets and apostles of things to come. and unwell: and afterwards business kept
"I was told only to-day that you had us both at home. I wish I had neglected been asked to be a member of the League's business and shaken your hand once again. Council, and felt a want to express the joy Next year will not be too late, bowever, to that I too would feel at your assent. repair many omissions. We hope to re
"Believe me, dear sir, ever faithfully turn and find you as we found you yours,
JOSEPH MAZZINI." just so, except that your health may be To return to England, where the family Nay, I will • wish'as gloriously as a child,
amended, and that of Mrs. Hunt restored. took up a temporary abode at Highgate, for more exquisite poems beside, such as seems, in spite of many pleasurable im. pressions of the sojourn abroad (mingled, pull off the wishing.cap. But of the two
those you last gave us, and after that, I unfortunately with some mournful ones), to have afforded unmixed satisfaction: blessings I choose your health, for the He finishes one chapter of the autobiog: poems are done, and effectually. raphy, after eulogizing the brightness and directly; it lay at the publisher's and I
“My wife's new edition will reach you was a blessed moment, nevertheless, when the early copy was but a bundle of “re
reclaimed it – but the paper was thin, we found ourselves among those dear
vises.' sulky faces the countrywomen of dearer
“ The new book will follow in about ones, not sulky. May we never be without our old fields again in this world, or the three weeks, and we should be happy inold familiar faces' in this world, or in the deed if you saw an advance there.
“ Is it safe and right, or seemingly impu. next."
dent if I add that a word thrown into the Of Browning's acquaintance with Hunt I can find little trace , yet there must have post without further formality to R. or been an intimacy of some sort between E. B. B. Florence, would make our hearts them, if one may judge by the following leap beyond most
good news? I am bold affectionate words from both husband and to write this for my wife's sake, you can
understand. wife which lie before me, and of which I
“She seods all of love and admiration give Mrs. Browning's first.
that a letter can pretend to carry, and you ** 39 Devonshire Place, Saturday. are assured of their sincerity by “ MY DEAR MR. HUNT, - I heard from “Your ever affectionate and grateful Mr.- - yesterday that there was a chance
“ ROBERT BROWNING.” for us, for one day in the coming week. Shall it be Tuesday? What pleasure we Charles Dickens to Leigh Hunt, and I
I have already given a letter from shall have on Tuesday, in that case ! “ We shall hope for it, at least — and
now transcribe two more slight in them we may certainly besides be very glad that
selves but interesting in their difference you are practically loosed from the bonds in style, betraying so evidently that they of your anxiety about Mrs. Hunt.
proceed from the pen of a ready writer." "Let me
remain, with affectionate “1 Devonshire Terrace, Third January, 1843. thoughts from both of us,
“ MY DEAR HUNT, Next Friday, * Your grateful
Twelfth Night, is the anniversary of my " ELIZABETH B. BROWNING. son and heir's birthday; on which occa* And when you come I will try to cor. sion a Magic Lantern and divers other rect the carelessness of the bookseller in engines are going to be let off on these respect to the books."
premises. From among several of Browning's let
“I have asked some children of a larger ters which I have, I select the following: and make merry on their own account. If
growth (all of whom you know) to come "39 Devonshire Place. you be well enough to join us, and will do “ MY DEAR MR. HUNT, - I suppose so by half-past seven, you will give my this will be the last word I write in En-wife and myself great pieasure, and (I glạod - we go to Italy tomorrow. You think I may predict) Leigh Hunt no pain. koow, I am sure you know, how we should Always faithfully your friend, have delighted in speaking, rather than
“ CHARLES DICKENS.