Feb 11th 1873
My dear Papa
Many, many happy returns of your birthday, and much love & many kisses from me first and afterwards from all the little people: and John sends you many messages which he desires I will not forget to send Willie & Mimay are both talking very much about writing you a letter but I do not know if it will be accomplished!
We are having very cold weather now, but it is dry and pleasant enough not so bright as last week however Connie is very persevering about the skating, goes out every day to practise The ice is very thick & safe. I hope you will soon go & join the others at Bath as I do not think it is good for you to be in that cold house all by yourself! and it must be so very dull.
Mimay was quite delighted with the letter you wrote her on her birthday and with the pretty sheet of butterflies she means to put them all in her scrap book I have been very busy water-colour sketching lately not painting in oil, as the room in the yard is too cold to go to I have not heard if my poor pictures have been accepted or rejected that I sent to the Edinburgh Exhibition Mary Maxwell is still in Galloway paying visits and Miss Clark is still here Alick Kennedy is going back to his solders duty on the 1st of March in the mean-time he is amusing himself by shooting wild Ducks, Moor or water hens which latter are very good to eat though not generally used. Good bye, dear Papa. We shall not forget to drink your health at dinner
Your most affecte daughter
[envelope - rear flap embossed 'Dabton, Thornhill,N.B.':]
H. F. Talbot Esqr.