. 42] PIGOTT AND ME. FORSTER 205
Whenever any such accusations are made we will know how to defend ourselves.'
Pigott wound himself into the kind heart of Mr. Forster, who was, of course, quite ignorant of the devious ways of Irish politics and of Irish politicians. The Chief Secretary had refused to subsidise Pigott's newspapers, but he was willing to give Pigott a little financial help out of his own private purse. On June 7 he wrote:
6 If you find immediate difficulties so overpowering that you are forced to give up your paper and look out for other work, I hope you will allow me to let you have a sum of from 501. to 100Z., which might help to tide you over the interim between the old and the new work, and which you would not repay unless times mend. I am not a rich man, but I have enough to enable me to help where I really feel sympathy, and I need not say I would secure that there was no publicity.'
Mr. Forster sent Pigott 100Z., urging him ' not to let the thought of repayment be a worry or a trouble to you/ which indeed it was not. Before the end of the year Egan published Pigott's ' begging ' letters to him in the ' Freeman's Journal.'
Mr. Forster was astonished. On December 10 Pigott received the following letter :
Chief Secretary's Lodge, Plicenix Park: Deo. 9,1881.
< g!^—Mr. Forster desires me to ask whether the letters purporting to be written by you to Mr. Egan, and sent by him to to-day's " Freeman's Journal," were really written by you.
* Your obedient servant,
6 HOBACE WEST.*he Land League. Under any circumstances, I have no power so to apply any of the funds of the League, but even if I had the power I would not under such circumstances act upon it. * The whole