24th August 1883
My dearest Edith,
As I do not think that I shall be with you long I wish
to mention a few things for your guidance.
In the first place, do not spend an unnecessary penny
upon my funeral and get away from Port Douglas as soon as you can. If
Justin cannot come to you, you will of course go to him until you can
decide what is best to be done for yourself and the children. My Will is
in the hands of the Queensland National Bank together with my Policies of
Insurance, the title to that small piece of land in Stanthorpe and script
for three shares in the Masonic Hall Company.
If when everything is sold and the Insurance money
received, you can manage to rub on without touching your Capital, you may
be able to go to England when Mr Wilson is paid off - I think that you
could live as cheaply and educate the children better there than in
Australia, but a great deal will depend upon how the money is invested.
I am sure that my Brothers and Sisters would do all that
they could for you.
It would have made matters a little smoother for you if
the Insurance Company had accepted by last application, but I am afraid I
would not now be accepted by any other Office. If you marry again, I would
urge you to have all you possess settled upon yourself. I know that you
have more sense than to marry any foolish young scapegrace, simply because
he may be handsome but there are so many ups and downs in the Colonies,
that your small Income, might be of great use to you.
If possible I would like Miles to have a profession, - I
often worry myself about your future and that of the children as I can see
that there is no chance of my saving money and I cannot expect to live to
see them settle in life and I am sorry to admit that if I had not been so
careless and improvident I might have done better for you all, but I trust
that God will look after you and them and spare them to be a blessing to
you when you grow old, as you have been a real blessing to me since you
have been my dearly beloved Wife.
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