and I went down to Scotland on the 11th on the 19th I received a telegram [indecipherable] my immediate return as a great change for the worse had taken place & on my arrival in Town on the 21st I found that my poor Sister had breathed her last on the previous day. Then another or our own Mr. Merins family had passed away. Which of us next is to follow? I am afraid not one of us certainly not I myself can be so well prepared for the great
I have written to him about them & he will return them to you. By the time you receive this John Veitch will be with you. I trust that your associations will permit you "ungrudgingly of yourself" to accompany him to all that is of interest in our part of the Colony. Remember me kindly to the worthy young man and with our warmest regards to yourself.
Believe me ever
Yr. very sincere friend