[Ernest Becker to Lydia]

Scope and Content

Part of a letter, not signed but obviously from Ernest Becker, fairly soon after his arrival at Maranham) to his sister Lydia. Asks for all the news they can send and some newspapers. Explains the difficulty of getting parrot to send them. Describes cooking arrangements in Mr Beatty's house (which would not please an English cook) d gives some sample meals served. Describes local farms, only nuisance among them the mosquito. Seemed strange to spend Christmas Day with a temperature of 84.