January-July 1842

The Collected Letters, Volume 14


TC TO JOHN LAURIE ; 26 April 1842; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18420426-TC-JLA-01; CL 14: 167


Thornhill, 26 April / 1842—


I think I mentioned last time we spoke that I wished and expected you to see the woods1 left in what you considered good order every way, and among other things all properly fenced against cattle,—before you quitted them this season.

According to Mr Adamson's account it was the Tenant2 that was bound to keep up the fences, or repair them if down. But as it is very possible that he m[ay o]bject, and mak[e] delays, I hereby request you to employ a proper stone-diker to make good all the fences of the woods, and to pay him out of your own funds; which will be accounted for to you again, when you present your ultimate account to Mr Adamson, whom I instruct about the matter today. It is also specially to be understood by everybody concerned that no cattle of any description, belonging to whomsoever, are to have any manner of access into any of the woods:3 this I request you to bear particularly in mind.

And so, on the whole, expressing my hope and confidence that you will order everything in regard to this business, with judgement, with punctuality and fidelity, as you did last time, I remain,

Your obedt & /

T. Carlyle