1886-87 - USA, Canada, Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Egypt
June 13th, 1887
The 23rd is drawing near and I shall be thankful indeed to put my foot on board the steamer on that day, if the Lord will, to speed me across the ocean that now separates us. I can quite understand how glad you and all the dear children will be to see me once more. I have been buying some little presents for you all - rather a difﬁcult task I assure you, but have done the best I could, have got a good many pieces of nice crepe silk, shawls and some nice coloured sashes for the dear children, &c, &c, &c.
The heat is very great here, in the sun it is about 160 and over 90 in the shade, so you can imagine what it is like, but my health keeps wonderfully good - indeed I do not think it was ever better, so that the Turkish baths I am having every day and every night are doing me good and I am not getting thinner. My appetite is very good - well this is enough about myself and I shall not write a long letter now, as I am hoping so soon to see your dear face and to tell you all about it then. When this is received I shall not be very far away from you - not more than 10 days perhaps and it will be a gladsome moment to get sight of Plymouth and yourself my beloved wife, God has made dear to my heart and perhaps some of our dear children may be able to come to Plymouth.
I count upon the same unfailing mercy and goodness to grant this to us that has hitherto preserved us in spirit, soul and body - "He that spared not His son, but delivered Him up for us all; how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things". Once more with much love to you my dearly beloved Angee and our dear children and grandchildren and all dear friends believe me.
Your affectionate Husband