January-October 1859

The Collected Letters, Volume 35


TC TO JOHN A. CARLYLE ; 25 July 1859; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18590725-TC-JAC-01; CL 35: 273-159


Humbie, 25 july, 1859—

All right, dear Brother; “it is probably just as well!” Jane says, If this continual “Haar” last, the sooner we are away the better perhaps. At all events we have lost no time over Struthers, nor incurred any obligation to him. Thank Dr Gardiner for his trouble; you no doubt have done so.1

My Horse got lamed by the conceited Smith,2 after all; and I had a good deal of study (good deal for an unequine character like me) to find my way out of his ignorant hulucinations.3 But we are now pretty well fine again; Fritz with a pair of leather soles, and a slight “grass-gall” (or longitudinal wet sore) inside of the pastern; whh I am persuaded he got from the inflammatory influence of the tight iron, for two days, upon the hoof and its adjuncts. I rode him yesternight, & he did not seem to mind the affair almost, if at all.

Jane continues weakly; walks, twice, instead of mounting anything; and, yesterday, even lost her way in the shady wood of Humbie. Her rheumatic symptoms are happily quite gone.

The Boy is waiting; as I mean to be over tomorrow (unless wet), I need not detain him or you longer. Noon is my likeliest time for starting (unless I awake too early); then home again, probably by Burntd at Six.

Adieu for the present.

Yours ever /

T. Carlyle