To GDC at Garroulds. Postmarked - June 1st 1870
1st June 1870
My Dear George
I hope you do not think we have forgotten you for not writing before but you know the old saying no news is good news.
How about the Windhand? Duffers should think by their having another apprentice you are promoted to a step higher but cannot think you are shop walker yet. Had a letter from Mr. Deller a week or two since, he had found a crib for you at Newmarket, a Mr.Swanns Grocer & Draper but wrote and told him I hope we had done better for you. Have heard nothing from the Governor yet about your staying.
You will see by the papers we have had another election, poor Adair again was beaten by Mahon by 170 votes. It was not so exciting affairs as the last election. Mr. Jep.Smith is very dangerously ill, not the least chance of his recovery, within the last few days has undergone an operation but they say of no avail. What a disappointment for Mrs. Carley, report says they were to have been married as this week.
Your Aunt Wilson is also fast declining, we were there about three weeks since. She was then but a mere skeleton and am surprised at her lasting so long. Your Aunt Maria wrote about a fortnight since, she said you were looking rather pale but thought quite well. Our corn is looking well but the grass and clover, flax and beet want rain very much indeed, on the light land they call out most fearfully.
Poor old Mrs. Pells Watson is dead, Bunting go on as usual continually changing hands. You want to be more careful in your letters writing, such a lot of mistakes and not such good writing as you can do. It is a good plan to read over your letter before sending it off and correct the mistakes if any, and not to be too much in a hurry when you write. It is a habit that will grow upon you as you grow older, whether to write well and correctly or the other thing. We were at Shipmeadow 16 May, they were all well at that time. When you want any coins let me know and will try and find you some.
Mamma & all join with me in very best love, should think you will be a don crocketer soon, we are to have a match with the Walpole, also Denington shortly.