21st March 1866

My dear Mother

I was in hopes of receiving a letter this mail but none has come. I sent you a cheque for 100/-Rs (£10)  couple of months ago, I trust you have received it all right. Since I heard from you I have had a letter from my Aunt in which she gives me a fine description of the improvements that are going on in Auld Reekie (Editors Note: Edinburgh). I trust this finds you in good health as I am happy to say it leaves me.

I enclose a carte of Jamie taken the morning he left for school. By George, I saw snow for the first time since I left home. When I was uphill, it was snowing – it done my eyes and heart good I assure you.

I am very busy just now in the Press. I have a moment I can call my own and it is the close of our official year which gives me more work -as I have to close all my accounts for the year.
There is nothing new stirring here – the weather has been nice and cool but it is getting warm again and we may look out for being roasted.

With fond love to self and regards to all enquiring friends

I am dear Mother

your affectionate Son

J Johnston