24 April 1871
I have the honor to request that you will take the necessary steps
to have some repairs to the vane and Time Ball machinery effected.
The vane will not show the direction of the wind being too stiff to turn. and the Time Ball requires so much force to put it up that we are in constant fear that the wheels will break.
Mr Lewis repaired the Ball before and I would like him to do it again as he understands it all.
I have the honor to be
Your Obedient Servant
H C Russell
The Colonial Architect