From Hankow. Still no word from Emily since January 10th. If this silence continues they will not be in regular communication with one another.
[Ethel] Wagstaff finally left [on home furlough] on Monday night. There is a farewell sing-song tonight for [James] Heady and family - they leave tomorrow.
The big news this week is that [George] Haddon's resignation has been unanimously accepted by the J. H. T. board after due deliberation. That he supposes is the end of Haddon's relationship with the Mission. H B R feels sorry for him. 'I take the real meaning to be that [H. Owen?] Chapman's idea of getting him out & subjecting him to discipline is now known to be a failure & ALL agree. His speech yesterday was a pathetic display; the whole thing is very tragic and sad. Whether any marriage for him could have turned out differently, who can say? Probably he would have bored almost any woman to tears.'
At that point in the letter, H B R went out to tea and then to service which was conducted by [H. Owen Chapman: Medical missionary first appointed to China in 1920]]. Reference is made to the Wuhan missionaries. [H. Owen?] Chapman talked to them about world problems for rather a long time. Mrs [Chapman] got rather impatient and H B R half expected her to get up and tell him to finish.
H B R stayed on and listened to a few of [E. Curtiss] Franklin's gramophone records - Grace [Ridge] seems very tired. Then he went on to the Chinese service where Kwan gave them a good forty-five minutes so H B R has had his fill for today.
The pictures have been hung up this week and that makes the house seem more homely.
There are many committees and interviews to get through prior to settling down. [James] Heady is handing over many details which H B R supposes that he will probably forget. Heady's voyage and time at home will do him good. He is a hard worker who is very much appreciated by the Chinese as is his wife.
The people are beginning to gather for the sing-song so he will soon have to finish this lette
r. Miss Chamberlain is going to the Union to help with the staff owing to Connie Pullen's poor health. She still seems very weak and is failing to recoup her strength. There seems to be no real explanation at present.
Fighting has broke out again between the Japanese and Chinese in [unreadable place name]. It is to be hoped that the conflict will not spread.
A pair of socks and a letter have arrived from Connie dated January 15th. She seemed to assume that Arnold would be back at Kingswood School the week after.
H B R preached this morning on "The living God" and was relieved to find that his Chinese was fluent and easy after the long gap. Next Sunday is Thomas Wilson Bolton's baptism at which H B R is to preach on "He took a little child".
They had a good sing-song last night and then he sat up with Heady until midnight.
What does the future hold for them? H B R is convinced that at the age of fifty-seven it is too late to start [a Secretaryship] at the Mission House and very hard to start anything else.