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System Number: 02603
Date: 15 October 1873
Author: Frederick Dawson Leyland
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler L137
Document Type: ALS
[embossed monogram:] FDL
Oct 15th / 73
My dear Jimmie
I was so glad to receive a letter from you, but am awfully sorry to perceive that you are still far from well and also in the Blues, which is dreadful (bad grammar that last sentence,
who no would not my Harrow master swear)[.] I suppose you cant manage to come down here yet awhile. I heard all the "Tibaldi" scandal from the "intended bride" herself. It's [p. 2] lucky I wasn't in the house, or I would have given that fellow the d most damnable thrashing he ever had in his life, and it ain't boasting, as I reckon I can use my fists to some purpose when needed.
I've had a devil of a row with the governor, and I have not written home for the last three weeks, awkward, but, damn it all, I cant help it, as the governor has such a devil of a temper and wont listen to reason. He does not care much (in fact not a little damn) about the Crompton Roberts, I do, and as I was asked to spend my [p. 3] "Exeat" there I accepted. But the row was about my wanting to leave this infernal Harrow. I intend, with your permission, to spend a week with you just before 'Xmas, if you can manage to receive me, as I am in no hurry to get home. I am going up to Brasenose Coll. Ox. next Whitsuntide, I've got a devil of an exam to pass, but I intend to work it up, for the mother's sake, as I know she would be dreadfully "cut up" if I was "plucked"
Fred D Leyland
I enclose Flo's letter. Just like that wonderful Flo, Aint it?
JW was ill for five weeks with 'Rheumatic fever and Bronchitis combined' in the autumn of 1873 (AMW to M. E. Eastwick, 8 September 1874, #11843). On 11 November 1873 G. P. Boyce reported that he was still in bed but 'getting better' (Diaries, 58).
3. Tibaldi scandal
Freddie, at 17, seems to be looking on JW (who was 39) as a father/uncle figure. It is not known if the visit took place.
Period of leave from school.
8. Brasenose Coll. Ox
Brasenose College, University of Oxford.