Further discussion of the difficulties with S. J. O'H. Horsman [curate at Down].
Milton Brodie | Forres—
I am very much obliged by your letter. I shall be truly
relieved when the complications about Mr Horsman are
unravelled. I heard from him some days ago (about 4
A later note tells me he had not yet done this, speaks of present ill health, and seems to suggest, without directly proposing, a temporary arrangement with a view to his future return. To this I have answered that unless I hear this week at latest that he has himself sent in his resignation, I shall at once report to his Grace.
I go a step beyond you in my opinion of his folly, and my
idea if true takes off from his culpability, that he is not
quite sane. It is not a new notion but one I formed when I
first saw him. I mentioned it in a talk I had with M
When he succeeded M
Payment in Nov
— if any since —
£ s d
National School balance 8 — 4 — 10
Since then it would appear
no receipts or payments—
I am inclined to think the organ must have been settled
for at the time; possibly M
I have an application from a M
DIAG HEREalin. (I fail to decipher the first letter of the surname and copy the hieroglyphic which may be P. or E or any other). who says he has been to Downe at M
I have not at this moment any other application, indeed I must get Horsmans matters settled before I can positively arrange, but whether for a longer or shorter time I should like to send someone who would be acceptable and make up for some of the recent neglect—
We are in sad want of rain here, and our crops of all kinds in a very bad condition— It has been a most unusual season for wind, as well as drouth Our normal condition has been half or whole gales ever since Jan 5—
With our kind regards | Believe Me | Faithfully Yours | J Brodie Innes.
- f1 6251.f1The year is established by the relationship between this letter and the letter to J. B. Innes, 15 June .
- f2 6251.f2Innes refers to CD's letter to him of 15 June  and to Samuel James O'Hara Horsman.
- f3 6251.f3Innes refers to the archbishop of Canterbury, Charles Thomas Longley.
- f4 6251.f4Charles Lovegrove was churchwarden at Down.
- f5 6251.f5Thomas Sellwood Stephens was curate at Down before Horsman.
- f6 6251.f6See letter to J. B. Innes, 15 June . Byceson is a misspelling for Bryceson; Bryceson Brothers & Co. were organ manufacturers.
- f7 6251.f7Vernon Ealin (or Palin) has not been identified.