To GDC at Garroulds. Postmarked - Wickham Market - October 17th 1870
Being very wet and blustering all at home and cannot stir out so thought I would drop you a line. I had a letter from the Governors since I last wrote, give my kind regards to them and say I will remit the Thirty Pounds for your premium in about a fortnight. They seem quite satisfied with your performance and hope and quite trust you will use all your energy to continue so. It all depend on yourself whether you are to make a man or a mouse in the wide world. Had a letter from Uncle John on Friday, he seem quite pleased to think there is a chance for William to get to there, I hope he will, it will be very comfortable for you. Anna & Kate are going to school tomorrow to Mr. Hugman's, they learn nothing at home but lazy idle habits. I had a shine with Fisher last night and we parted, he has been here quite long enough, soon would have wanted to be master. Scace was afraid to face the County Court so agreed with Mason to pay his debt by installments, so much a month.
Anna Maria is still here but we are going to Mettingham in a day or two to know what is to be done. She is of little or no use to us and don't see why we should have to keep other people's children, having so may of our own.
Mama & all join with me in best love
Your affectionate Father
Thanks for the paper you sent, we hear but little of the war now, they seem nearly at a stand still.