The Collected Letters, Volume 28


TC TO H. J. MARTIN ; 21 October 1853; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18531021-TC-HJM-01; CL 28: 296-297


October 21, 1853

Dear Sir,—After your generous procedure, you may believe me I am quite unwilling to trouble you further on the subject of our late correspondence. But it is perhaps proper for me to certify, in case it should not be already known, that Mr. Martin Senior's remonstrance with his tenant here, which I accept as a mark of extreme kindness to me, has for the present produced no good effect, but the reverse.

Before that most obliging interference some of my people (by aid of a sovereign, half-paid, half-promised for the year) had bargained with some of this man's, that the noisy part of his livestock should be kept within doors till the hours of sleep were passed, a promise which had been in part observed till then, and the observance of which, tho' imperfect, was a considerable relief to us. But now, ever since his rebuke, the poor man's self-will has been set on fire, his promise, he, like a proud Napoleon of the Washingtub indignantly revokes; his cocks crow at discretion, his etc., etc.—and the results are quite other than friendly on our side of the wall!

Forgive me for troubling you with this poor fact and suffer me to add the corollary to it. If this poor man—to whom I should regret extremely to do the least injury, for I believe him to be really an industrious, harmless creature, and his angry obstinacy against me in this matter is not inhuman, but only blind and utterly ignorant—if I say, he is not yet legally warned to quit Mr. Martin's premises at the next term, then I would respectfully propose that your Father's Agent should (instead of warning) endeavour to ascertain from him what the complete annual value of his poultry is to him, how much abatement of rent he would require for altogether giving up poultry and macaws, etc. Money was never paid more readily than I will pay this sum for immediate deliverance; certainly money, by me, was never paid which brought in such a return of value, tenfold and hundredfold!

This, dear Sir, is all I had to say, this, in case the man is not already warned to quit; if he is warned, I had not sent this—but must beg your excuses and send it! One way or other this bad business, I perceive, will be got ended before long. I am now building (near finishing) on the best architectural advice, a certain new apartment or top story here, which, if it succeed, will completely or very much defend me against this poor man's noises after spring next! Thus, will assurance (we hope) be doubly sure! If you ever come to Town and dare venture westward so far, I should like very well to thank you personally for your great kindness: and have a laugh with you over the departure (expected speedy departure) of those winged miseries, value 3/6 each!

Believe me, Dear Sir, yours very sincerely,