I don’t doubt your qualifications, Albert, but the law is very clear about the proper age for soldiering, and your father’s done what he had to do. You know that. Thirty guineas isn’t nearly enough to purchase a horse as fine as your Joey, I know that. But it’s all I’ve got. Will you lease him to me, Albert, to be my own mount?
I promise you, man to man, that I’ll look after him as closely as you’ve done, I’ll respect him and all the care that you’ve taken with him. And if I can - I’ll return him to your care.