4 Feby 
My dear Sir
I am very sorry to hear of your illness and hope that ere this you have recovered health again.
I hope you have not misunderstood my not of Jan 31st. I merely wanted to know if you had the obs for January: and thought that perhaps as I had only been publishing the rainfall; you thought it was not necessary to send anything else.
I am not at all anxious to put the instruments in other hands, for having got a good observer I would be very sorry to lose him. And I can assure you my daily experience with Telegraph Station Masters as observers is anything but satisfactory.
I must however leave the matter in your hands. If you would like to keep the instruments for use I shall be glad to take such obs as you can send.
Yours very truly
H C Russell
Revd A. H. Wyate