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                                C129/131


            Huntly Lodge
                    Edinburgh
                              August 31


My dear Mr Chesson


              I wrote you yesterday,
thanking you for past favours
& now am about to ask for
another!


  The enclosed was recd this
morng & I have answered it
by saying that I am sendg
cheque for £2 to you – for
proceeds of Wh he might
call at yr office in the course
of two or three days.


I mention to do this – first
because I thot the poor
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youth might not understand
exactly what to do with the
cheque & also, in the hope
that you might kindly give
him advice wh he ^ is clearly
greatly in need of & wh I
have myself given him
– viz – that he wd act most
unnecessarily to give up the
certainty of – 12/ a week
until he had really
found something better.
I have also tried to shew
him the extreme folly of coming
here – where every opening
  is overstaked & where I knew


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of no one who could help
him – telling him the re-
-sult
wd probably be, that
he wd find himself in a
strange place without the
means of support – in ad-
-dition
to the folly of wasting
money on the long journey.


His father was my guest
many years ago & I fear the
poor lad may^be finding he
too can walk in & stay
till he finds occupation!!


    I am a little afraid he does
not like work – but you
will give him wise counsel,
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I do not doubt – please also
to give him to understand
that I have done all I can
for him. Between you & me –
Should it seem best to send
him back to his a father
I wd help you in doing so –


    Excuse all the trouble
I give you – & believe me
very sincerely your's


                EP. Nichol