11 March 
My dear Sir
I am sorry that I made a use of your note to me that you did not intend, but I think you do not see it quite in the right light.
The Time Ball is a most important matter affecting the shipping and if the ?? does not report errors in the Time Ball which would be fatal to any ship; who will do it? It might go on for months and I do know anything about it and I fear if it did and anything happen, both you and myself would be blamed for it. Of course if we knew nothing of it, the case would be different.
?? and ?? ?? experience?? had reported the matter to you I think you only did what was right in at once reporting the matter to me.
Yours very truly
H C Russell