January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


JWC TO ELIZABETH SOUTHAM ; 13 July 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590713-JWC-ESO-01; CL 35: 146-147


[Humbie ca. 13 July 1859]

Charlotte is perfectly well and seems charmed with Scotland—as is not surprising; everything being new to her, and very pleasant besides. We have now a donkey of our own, and Charlotte rode him to the village on her errands, with great delight—at first—but now she finds she ‘can go much quicker on her own feet.’ The donkey is a great godsend to me, however, who have no feet of my own with strength to carry me many yards. I asked her just now if she had any message to send; she took ten minutes to think and then said, ‘Just to give my love to father and mother; and I should like to hear from them.’ We hear dreadful accounts of the heat in London and the smell of the river!1 We are lucky to be here, I think, where it is quite cool and nothing smelling but roses.