April 5th 1887
Mr. L. Houp
Your note of 17th ultimo in which you offered to record the rainfall in your locality I received a few days ago and have delayed replying until I found out if we had a station in your neighborhood. This I find we have Mr. W J Pullen’s place at Cowper, which is situated about three miles north of you I will not be able at present to forward a gauge, as our stock is limited to a few. But when our next supply at the end of this year is received Mr. Russell who will by that time have returned from England, may reconsider your application. I have given instructions to have forms sent to you and will be thankful if you will forward them with the information you have already collected and that which you will no doubt continue to record.
I am dear sir
H. A. Lenehan
Acting for Government Astronomer