6 April 1868
My Dear Sir
I duly received your kind letter announcing
your having sent for presentation to the Academy, an unfinished portrait
by our late …. friend, John Phillip R.E. (?),
and I have since been informed by the clerk of the Academy that it has
arrived safely. I have not been out of my house for five weeks past
with a cold and have not yet seen the pictures, but you may depend
(?) that it will be submitted to the
Council and presented in due form at their first meeting. I told the
clerk to return the case to your address.
I regret to tell you …. the accounts on
Saturday of the health of your friend our esteemed Treasurer, were far
from satisfactory. I am rapidly gaining strength.
Mrs Hill joins me in best regards.
Expecting to (?)
again to (?)
I am always yours faithfully.
P Allan Fraser Esq.
P.S. You will be glad to know that
the Exhibition has been very popular and the amount recd from
visitors and from sales being very considerably in excess of those of the
same number of days of last year. I regret that I have seen very
little of it – my late bronchial attack having been troublesome, and
keeping me almost constantly a prisoner. I trust your own health is
Let me (?)
apologise for having been
(?) a great defaulter
(?) in failing on not a few
occasions – to offer you my grateful thanks for remembering us in the
distribution of your game. Do you still shoot in Glenshee - ….
a place. I should have visited long ago and trust will do this
season; the birthplace of my dear mother from whom I used to hear
many legends connected with the glen.