connection with that of your much respected family and may be of peculiar value to your descendants. As the Hon. P.G. King has taken an interest in the management of the flock I wish to make him a present of the three best males out of my share of them. I may add that I knew from a friend that both your Uncle and your revered Mother had expressed a wish to have a portion of the original flock at Camden. I trust you will be pleased to accept my present.
We are all in our usual good health, having passed through three mild winters.
The contingent of troops sent by your Colony to Africa is I trust only the beginning of a glorious connection with the mother country. It will add much to the prestige of the British Empire. I hope you are all well. From your last letter you had determined to stay some time in Australia. The climate of Camden is pleasant but perhaps a little too relaxing. My youngest son Donald is at present in Australia, he is trying to sell some of my properties both land and stations, as my return to Australia is improbable, I think it well to concentrate my affairs.
May God bless and guide you all.
Yours very sincerely