October 1845-July 1846

The Collected Letters, Volume 20


TC TO W. K. BROWNE ; 12 May 1846; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18460512-TC-WKB-01; CL 20: 191-192


Chelsea, 12 May, 1846—

My dear Sir,

Long ago, at the appointed day, the Horse was faithfully delivered here;1 and, after a little refection and medicine, has been in use ever since. I found him in altogether surprisingly good condition; able and willing, almost too able and willing, from the very first, to do all kinds of work. He is much improved in his habits too; every way an excellent Horse. I am surely very much obliged to you for all the trouble you have taken;—in which your comfort is, that it has been successful trouble. A real comfort to a man in such case.

If you will now be so kind as send me the account of monies, or the net amount of money, for that is all I want, I will bid my Scotch Banker pay your London one; and so we shall be clear on that side.— The day the Horse came I was roused from siesta to receive him, and hardly knew what was what. It struck me soon after by some symptoms I remembered, that the man who brought him was not a hired conductor of horses, but your own Groom,—to whom I had, what was really a grief to me, omitted giving some poor five-shillings as a token of my satisfaction with him. The poor lad had a right to expect this of me; and it is not to the like of him that one would be found a defaulter! You must save me a real mortification, and be so very obliging as pay this debt for me, and add it to the other amount. I especially request it for my own peace of mind!—

Fitzgerald was here the other night; as hearty and cheery as ever; very brisk among London Gaieties at present I believe.2 When he goes your way I do not yet know.

Believe me always / My dear Sir

Yours with thanks & regards

T. Carlyle