[Part of letter, undated. DB thought October 1866.]


--more than justice and seems perfectly satisfied. His wife is the daughter of a Dutch Boer, a nice young woman and appears to be as well educated as if she had been brought up in England. He contrived to leave his home with much convenience, as a son of your Uncle Alfred's hired his farm and the lease of another will expire about 3 months after his return. So he will have an opportunity of visiting his African friends ere he enters business again. He seems a regular money-getting man.

Poor Edward is not doing much and Horace seems determined to return to England but of course under his circumstances his friends do not wish him to come.

Your father spent a week with Herbert and his wife at your aunt Sophia's at Cove Hall.

Your uncle Hopwood drank tea with us last week. He is now at Hastings with his two youngest daughters. He has purchased his house and I expect in case he were to die the girls would be able to continue the business.

I received a nice sympathizing letter from Emily Austin [elsewhere it is Auston] the other day. Her father talks of giving up business. I wish they would come and live in London. I think it would be desirable as I believe they would like to get a situation here for George. He was two years in a Ship Insurance Office but turned farmer mad and now I expect repents. Susannah, who was married to Mr. Hollyday went off to Sydney where her husband is doing well but she feels very much the need of a female relative near her.

You say "this is my wedding day. I have [been] eight years married to day and it appears but so many months." You, my dear son, can form no adequate idea of the pleasure this assurance gives me. May you both continue to enjoy the same happiness for many, many years to come is the sincere wish of my heart.

I want a second edition of your religious sentiments. I hope you are searching for the truths of Christianity in "the book of books". "Seek and ye shall find" are the words of Scripture. Oh dear Alex, if I could but be assured that you and dear Walter had found "the pearl of great price", methinks I would die happily because I should feel sure that you would impart the knowledge of it to your dear wives and Walter to his children.

What think you of the Atlantic Telegraph? [Submarine cables provided the first transatlantic telecommunications link in 1866.] I shall yet have a message from you. Is it not delightful, the very idea - but dear Alex the signs of the times tell us that we are living in the Saturday night of the world.

[Letter incomplete]