the idea of entering the Diplomatic service and has chosen the Egyptian Civil. This because it requires more individual work and a man that intends to work will surely advance. My boy is a good worker and the government agent at Cambridge advised him to take it up. I was called to Cambridge to discuss the matter and agreed to his taking this career. After that I expect my brother will join me and we hope to go to Ceylon for the winter. I have suffered so much lately with gout and am still suffering that my staying in England during winter is out of the question. With all that my gout is not in the legs I cannot take all the exercise I want and my gardening work has been curtailed. We are not so fortunate as you are. No oranges or any fruit at this time but imported. At present we have a great number of Daffodils, primroses, polyhanthuses and today I noticed the prunes in bloom.By the way, yesterday I read in a paper called the "Country Gentleman" about the wonderful things your countryman Luther Burbank, Santa Rose, has brought out. Is it all true? Certainly we have daisies five inches diameter that he sent to the Horticultural Society. If so I must ask him to send me some seed or plants. I hope next year to have a
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