November 9th, 1894
My Beloved Angee,
Your welcome epistle of yesterday's date was here on my arrival at 1 today. Left Larne at 8.30 and had to ride in an Irish car a mile or so to the Larne Harbour station to get a boat train to Ballymena and Oh what weather and during our ride in the car my poor bag of samples went flying and my best book tin that I had over specially to Belfast a few days ago is a ruined tin – well it was a question of picking up the pieces and going on and we reached Ballymena about 10 and it was so wet and dismal that I had a good mind to go on but on second thought stopped for a few hours. Called on the best firm with whom I had one a/c for £4 odd, who paid and said there was nothing wanting – I appealed to him to look outside at the weather and told him I should get heart disease if he talked like that and began to open my poor bag of samples and to apologise for the condition they were in – he took compassion and gave me a splendid order for all our best kinds and a lot of enamelled tins – showed me all over their premises – had a nice chat and I came on here in time for a nice dinner – P.F. have nothing here and now I must buckle too again but thought as there was a mail out at 3 would drop you a line first. Sorry to hear dear Harry has such a cold and hope the day or two's rest will recover him.
Am glad the rain has ceased and there is a prospect of getting a fine afternoon – and believe me my beloved Angee.
Being very affectionate Husband