March 10th 1853
My Dear Mrs Doughty
We have had the most dreadful news from home. Josiah and I must return immediately to Blindingham for I do not know how long and we cannot take Boo’s boy with us. I am sending him to you in the company of our manservant Villiers and pray that you can house them both until we are back inLondon.
I am beside myself with worry, but I am sure that you will do Boo and myself this kindness – please be assured that I will be in touch again as soon as I am able. I cannot thank you enough for reading this letter in what I am confident will be a state of calm capability and compassion.
Do not be concerned about how to entertain the child – Villiers and he get along delightfully and will hardly be in your way at all. You may wish to let Boo know that he is with you and that I shall reimburse you for any expenditure you incur in the feeding of them both.
I must leave off now,
Yours in gratitude