May 12 1858
I beg to call your attention to the enclosed remarks: I fear you may be getting tired of your undertaking particularly when you find every little inaccuracy or omission remarked by a very unsparing critic. Allow me to assure you that your returns are very good for an amateur, at the same time they may not be that perfect accuracy and regularity that might be expected for a paid observer.
You will oblige me by informing me if there is any near prospect of the appointment of the schoolmaster, as I wish to make definite arrangements with the government as to salary. May I mention without giving offense to ask you to allow your name, or rather your brother’s, to be placed on the list of salaried observers?
I have the honor to be
Your obedient servant