My dearest Wife
Your letter No. 12 – of the 5th inst. was received today. Unfortunately I have been with the Provincial Govt since 11 OC. & have just returned to the Office – 5.30. I dine with the Robt Wards at 7 – so you will understand why my letter must be short. I have hardly had time to read yours, & should not be able to answer it today – had what you say to me not been anticipated by your letter to Mrs. Jackson which she recd a week since.
With regard to your remaining in England till after Xmas, to enable Jack to be with you during his vacation. I have not a word to say against it. I know it will be a good thing for him, and that it will afford you a great deal of pleasure. I am prepared to sacrifice a great deal to accomplish either, or both these objects, and therefore I shall look upon it that as settled, that you remain as you suggest.
It was of course a surprise to learn from Mrs. Jackson that you contemplated staying away after Oct. & I could not understand your not having written about it to me, that is explained by your letter this day recd and although I shall miss you greatly – it would be too selfish were I to stand in the way of your conferring so much pleasure on Jack.
I have been thinking whether I should not telegraph & thus settle your mind on the subject, so far as is in my power.
My last to you was posted on the 9th since then I have written to Kit & also to Frank which I enclosed to you.
The Wards, I believe, leave on Saturday Week 6th Oct, Alice does not accompany – Joe & Julia leave on Monday week. This is the latest – they both parties have some delays but will try to meet in N.Y. & will sail together.
I have been thinking a great deal of you & the dear wee man. tomorrow I suppose, he will return to his school. I hope he has had a good time, and one that you will all look back to with pleasure. — I would like to write to Sir M. but I cant at present – I am too busy.
I urged again & again that Kit should learn music, singing & other things to improve herself while the opportunity lasts. None of you have ever alluded to it. I long for news of Frank. My love to dear Kit. Kindest regards to all friends
And Believe me Always your devoted husband
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