May 27. 1859
I did not answer your note immediately, as I wishes to discuss the matter fully with your Son. It does not appear that he is so much alarmed at becoming head of the house, as he is discouraged by his own want of progress in his studies here. Both Dr Vaughan & myself have pointed out to him the hopes of better success when removed into the Upper VIth, as he would be next Term, and I own I was unwilling, for his own sake, that he should forego the honour of his new position. We merely wished him to try this for one Term, but he has decided, (a decision which I presume from what he says you will confirm) not to stay longer than the end of this Term. I regret this on many accounts.
Your former note was fully explanatory on the subject it alluded to, and I am sorry to have given you so much trouble.
The period of absence is so unusual that I shall be glad if you will kindly yourself write to Dr Vaughan on the subject of your Sonís going to Edinburgh in the middle of the Term. I do not doubt however but what he will grant him permission.
Believe me Dear Sir yours very truly
Thos Henry Steel
H F Talbot Esq
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H. F. Talbot Esqre
T H Steel