University of Edinburgh

Royal Observatory


Saturday, Sept. 10, 1904


Dear Mr Holloway,


Father has been in bed for such a very long time & unable to write that he has asked me to answer one of your letters for him.  He thinks about you a great deal & hoped that you & all your family are very well.  It must be very nice for you to be able to have a big family gathering at Christmas with all your children & grandchildren round you.  Father has been very ill indeed but the last five days he has been much better & wants me to say that he hopes to be out of bed again in a very short time.


I know that he would be very glad to hear from you if you can find time to write to him.


Mother got rather ill with all the work & anxiety of nursing Father but is now much better again & is down again today for the first time.  My doctor sister is at home & a very great help indeed to all.  She had a post in Rousay, Orkney, but a locum is doing her work there at present.


Agnes got very unwell with all the anxiety at home & has been sent away for a complete change.  She is now companion to a girl of about her own age in the far North of Germany in Pommerania & likes the place & the people immensely.


I got 3 months leave from India to go home & see Father, but unfortunately 6 weeks out of the 3 months vanish in travelling.  It was a great delight to find Father comparatively so well after the bad news I had had.


Father wishes to remind you that when you & he built the little observatory at Gorton you were just about the age that I am now (26).


With kindest regards,


Yours very sincerely,


T. Copeland.