January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 5 July 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590705-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 132-133


Humbie, Tuesday Evg [5 July 1859]

My dear Brother,

Thanks for paying the Saddle and intercepting it; the damage in pence sterling is not considerable, and I will make it good soon in stamps or otherwise.

With a mighty effort, I yesterday at last got poor Jane mounted on my horse (for you have no idea how weak & timorous she is); I led her successfully however; and we made, thro’ the shady wood, then by the village, shore &c,1 a good ride which quite reassured her as to the Horse's quality, & did her perceptible benefit. We were to have gone triumphantly today into “the Park”:2 but alas, the lout of a man3 left the saddle within reach of my Horse's mouth (flung carelessly aside, I believe, into the manger), and the Horse tore away the leather from both the horns, and before riding farther, the saddle has to be mended again! I have seldom seen such an act of blockheadism. Saddle is today, we find, gone to Kirkcaldy to be repaired;—“will for certain be home this night,” but one knows not what to trust to among such a set of human individuals and circumstances.— I do hope the Dumfries Cuddy will somehow contrive to reach us; perhaps tomorrow? It seems to me of the last importance that poor Jane should have riding; she is nearly quite incapable of walking, or locomotion otherwise in this place.— — I achieved nothing else yesterday, but a tumble on the slippery wet rocks, in getting in to bathe; fell fairly backwards, and gave my head a knock, but except laming one of my elbows in the skin got no other damage. If the Cuddy were here, and the saddle back, we shd still do well, the air, diet, sea &c are so beneficial.

I cannot think of coming tomorrow to Edinr; it puddles the whole mind of me, and is unpalatable to human indolence and diligence alike! Pray call at the Shoemakers4 as you pass, and bid him send the shoes as at first intended. It is probable you may hear nothing more about the Cuddy's advent than what is in the inclosed Note of Jean's: if there be any help to render at Edinr, of course I will apply to you.—— The only nice way of seeing us here, and having some talk together wd be that you came across by Leith at 7 a. m., found us at breakfast here, dined, spent the day &c, and returned at 7,—on Saturday next? This is the real plan. Yours ever T. Carlyle