From C. Wallace to F. Baker. Wallace writes that he has received Baker's letter and found it clever and amusing, especially the jeu d'esprit he included, but he points out that there is a slight inaccuracy in the story he tells; Phoebus is in fact a man. Wallace is glad to hear that the trip to Harrogate has helped Baker's health, and asks him who supplied his pulpit while he was away; he hopes it was not a man called Robert, whose appearance goes against him. Wallace himself is planning a break and wishes to know if anyone can replace him for a time. Ashton's removal from Preston is discussed. He also mentions a visit to Mark Philips with his niece and a meeting with Jeremy, the new minister of Warwick [?]. A Miss Paterson [?] is also discussed as is a man whose name is illegible but who has become teetotal and is struggling to remain so.
Dated at Hale Lodge.