I have had a letter from you dated 7th July – & only that one – so all others must have been burned in that ship-
Very bad state of affairs out here I am afraid, & I cannot say how it will end- It is all very warlike and unpleasant – and to add to my difficulties & troubles – I unfortunately ran the Widgeon ashore on a rock – but we got off allright & are safe enough- This river is dreadful – but apparently most people do it sometime or other – so I am not altogether in the best of moods- I am simply hating life at present – but I do hope things will get better – does’nt look like it at present however.
You must excuse a short letter – but I have masses to do & see to.
My very best love to you & everbody & God bless you all
Your ever loving son