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From Hankow. He is sitting in the drawing room where he tends to spend much of his time when not actually working, for [H. W. Kenneth] Sandy has the study. Cheng Sen Fu is the cook and Liung Kao is the boy. H B R is surrounded by family photographs and it seems very much like home.

Misses Booth, Stephenson, Harrison and Walby have moved their things next door and will be his guests for a day or two until they can get things straight.

He supposes that the newspapers are full of the usual Hankow rumours. His books are unpacked and on the shelves. [Herman Stanley] Dixon and Dr [Ralph] Bolton are in the Chapman's house and will be joining H B R and Sandy for meals. Tennis is played every afternoon and even H B R has had a game, so she can see that his health is returning.

He went to Chiao Kao this morning to give the sacraments and has just had tiffin by himself as Sandy is conducting a service on the [Royal Navy] Cruiser.

Finally her letter about Gordon arrived, also stating that she will be leaving to join him in early February [1928]. Since then he has heard that Mrs [William Wildridge] Gibson and child have also booked and that Grace's medical report is favourable. He was greatly relieved to read about Gordon - outside Oxford and Cambridge, King's College London has the most meaning for him as it is associated with Maurice and Kingsley. He wishes it were possible for him to be with Page at Lewisham, but perhaps that is expecting too much.

He does not see how the finance of this is to be worked out. Gordon's separation allowance of £25 ends at the age of eighteen and of course is not payable whilst Emily is in England. He does not know if Gordon will continue to receive the money at College.

H B R has been looking again at the insurance money. The total is £790 with the addition of a five yearly profit or an annual sum. He had already written to Shanghai to get the figures and to enquire about the details. He feels that he would rather allow the money to continue to accumulate especially in view of the uncertain value these days of Kuling. Emily will have received another £10 within the last couple of days which should help out a little.

He is hoping that her next letter will bring news that Morley's operation has been successful. He supposes that [Joan, Gordon and Morley] will be settled now for four years when Emily and the two youngest sail in February and the next home furlough will see two of them becoming independent. When he read of Peter's accident with the motor car he reflected that the child will probably be safer in China than Weston super Mare. H B R has made it plain to the [Mission House] that if Kuling is out of the question next year, Japan may be necessary. He cannot guarantee anything but an open-air life will be available for the children either in the garden of the L.M.S, the [British and Foreign and Bible Society] or here.

Personal matters are discussed.

He supposes that she is waiting for this letter before the final decision is taken. She should send word as soon as possible that the passage has been booked .