From Hankow. He returned home at 10pm on Friday. This afternoon he had made a kind of sermon about his travels, when [Sarah] Wolfe arrived from Anlu with Misses Wagstaff and Sanderson. They had left in haste 'at the urgent desire of others' after Ho Lung's Communist army turned up in the area. H B R doubts that it is serious but he is glad that they have pulled out, at least for a fortnight. They shall review the situation after synod. 'The Reds are having what is probably their last real kick just now & are kicking pretty hard'.
Family financial matters are discussed in detail.
He has enclosed the 'York request' for Emily's deliberation. H B R thinks that it should probably be turned down, but he leaves the decision to her. The point is that [the Ecumecial Conference] in Atlanta ends on October 25th and he does not think it likely that he will be home for a fortnight after that. He does not think therefore that he should accept any appointments before December 1st - he thinks that they have a right to enjoy each other's uninterrupted company for at least a fortnight. There is also the Mission House to consider and [Charles William] Andrews and others in London to see.
He will leave this letter open until after the Missionaries meeting, which takes place tomorrow afternoon.
They had the Missionaries meeting yesterday and the Medical Committee this afternoon. He is feeling very tired at present. Mrs [James John] Heady is really very kind and thoughtful. It is the first taste of home life he has enjoyed since Emily went home.