10 Feby 1873
My dear Sir William,
Though I have really nothing to write about, I think it is such a long time since we have exchanged notes that I am induced to pen a few lines, as I know you take an interest in me and mine as I cannot fail
doing taking in you and your connections.
My son Allan returned form Europe about 6 months ago, having taken his degree at Oxford; passed at the Bar; and saw a good deal of the German & French war. He has