[on mourning paper]
Septr 9th 1864.
As you told me you were going to be absent and as business too was taking me from home – I thought there would be no immediate hurry for the information you have asked for –
Moreover I wished to see my Solicitor – on the subject merely to know if there was any thing in such an arrangement that would militate against the Law of Apprenticeship – However this being the period when Lawyers indulge in holidays, I have not had the advantage of his advice.
As articles of agreement will have to be prepared we need not perhaps enter into minutiæ now –
The terms I would propose are as follows –
£150· upon signing Articles of Indenture
50· on the 1st of Jany 1866 –
100· on the 1st of Jany – 1867.
Should he ^yr Son leave before Jany. 1st 1866 – I shall in that case forego the £50· so in like manner the £100· should he leave before Jany. 1st 1867. Hoping the above may meet your views –
I am dear Sir Your’s [sic] truly
P. S. Has Mr Charles left yet for London? –
H. F. Talbot Esqr