22 York Street
10 June 1853.
I have to hand your favor of this days date, and in reply I beg to say that I should have been off ere now, had it not been for my friends Holmes & Zohrab of 2 Fen Court Fenchurch St, intimating to me that they could get me an engagement in England to proceed to Sydney or Melbourn [sic] I offered to engage for three years at £250 for the first £300 for the second and £350 for the third year, and my passage out tho I should not much mind if I were to pay for it myself the Gentleman who I expect will engage me is now in the Country, and I am almost confident, that when he returns I shall succeed in making the above engagement in that case I shall require a better outfit and between your good self my cousin and Brother I hope to be able to manage it
With many thanks for your promised gift Believe me Yours truly
Tobias S. Telfer
H. F. Talbot Esqre