1 Philadelphia Pl.
17 Oct. 1862
My dear Son and Daughter

I address you both unitedly as my heart is towards you both. I regret to say my time is very limited for writing to you as it is within a short time of sending my letter[s] to the post office, and I am determined not to suffer another day to pass without writing. I have had so many visitors lately among our relatives that I have in vain watched for an opportunity to write to you since our country cousins were here which I have written about.

Miss [DB has 'Mrs'] Manfred has been, in company with Bertha Turner (Uncle Walter's daughter). The former sent us a letter received from her brother Henry, giving her full particulars of the habiliment of an officer's dress; his attendant, a black boy named Charley, and his allowance of 2 horses. He ranks with a captain and has I think $400 per annum. He says a soldier's life is so very different to any other, without saying how he likes it. Charles is in the army too, I believe, but previously was upon some train. Henry speaks well of Charles as a persevering business like young man. To my knowledge he is no slow coach but I cannot like the principles of the Manfreds. Henry has not written since May, that his sister is getting very anxious to hear from him. He tells her as soon as the war is over he will come to England and take unto himself a wife.

Yesterday your aunt Jane came and drank tea with us. She enquired most kindly after you both and sends her love. None of the girls are married. Hopwood seems doomed to be disappointed both in a son and grandson. What a pity! He has been paying the Brimscombe folks a visit and has returned delighted with his visit. Your sister is now wanting your father to go and see them, but I almost think he will not go this summer, business being rather pressing.

I received a nice letter from John Kraushaar this morning in answer to one I wrote respecting his little boy John James who is staying with us. Most likely he will be here all the winter and perhaps longer. He is a nice, mild boy - too mild. I want him to have a little more spirit. The child is thoroughly well principled and the foundation of religion prevails in his head and heart.

Many thanks for your last letter dated the 28th August. You seem therein quite annoyed at our silence. I believe we have answered every letter. If not it is an extraordinary omission, one that I cannot account for. The gold came safely to hand. Thank you, dear Alexander and Andrea - May you never need such a sum. Do not give from your necessities, as thank God at present, we can help ourselves, though not so liberally as we could wish. It is very kind of you and dear Andrea to think of us. So her father is with you; poor old gentleman - Take care of him. He cannot at his age be long with you and after he is gone it will be a nice reflection to know that you cheered his latter days and left him only on Jordan's banks. I hope he is looking forward to "the rest that remaineth for the people of God". Remember me kindly to him.

And am I really to understand that you are in a fair way of becoming a father? If it be so I wish you much joy and hope the dear pledge of your affection may become, through the blessing of God, a source of real happiness to you both. I was glad to hear that Mercedes and her little flock was well by this time. Her eldest daughter must be getting quite a companion for her; and so he has honoured me and respected the memory of dear Josephine by intending to name the last after us. Dear Walter, it was very nice of him. I hope he will see Mr. Davenport as Mr. D. could communicate more to him than can be conveyed through the medium of pen and ink.

I am glad business is going on well with you but I fear in the state you are in in California it must be very hazardous to lend out money. Oh! this awful war - such effusion of blood ought to be stopped in some way. God grant He may bring it about speedily.

I went yesterday as far as Cheapside to have a carte de visite taken of me but, it being a fine day, so many people were waiting that I was compelled to leave as I had an engagement at home to meet aunt Jane. I shall go again soon and immediately I have them shall forward them. Your father has been equally unfortunate for he went to a person in our neighbourhood and he has taken a complete caricature likeness of him. He had 12 for ten shillings. I have written the man a note upon the subject and I expect he will offer to take him again. Your father quite thought he was going to outshine me but his "radical friend" did not do him justice. I have had a laugh or two at him about it.

And now I must say good bye, dear Alexander and Andrea. May the Lord bless you and keep you constantly under His care and make you both happy in the knowledge and love of Himself.

Ever your affectionate mother

Sarah Murray