October 1856-July 1857

The Collected Letters, Volume 32


TC TO ROBERT FARIE ; 1 January 1857; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18570101-TC-RF-01; CL 32: 67


Chelsea, 1 jany 1857—

Dear Farie,

May the worst of our years be past!1 That is in place of “Happy New-Year."

I perceive you do not send for the little Nag2 at all, tho’ there is far more riding in him (as I assured you) than I care for just now. In the frost, tho’ I took him out one day very successfully in spite of the slippery ways, he had got uncommonly fond of going; and anybody rather [than]3 myself to indulge his taste wd have been a welcome sight to me.

The little fellow shall stand for you on Saturday, ready to be saddled whenever you come for him to Till's.4 I say Saturday, to give time; otherwise it may be tomorrow if you like to come soon enough:—or it may quite as well be Sunday; or indeed what day and days you like, till you get a horse of your own;—I pray you let that be understood, and stand as a thing known.

On Saturday if I hear nothing, the message to the groom at Till's will be (that is my last word to him, of Friday Evg): “Mr Farie will ride this horse, and not I."

Yours ever truly / T. Carlyle 5