December 6, 1889
DELIVERED BY HAND
Dear Mr. Arundel,
While I very much appreciate your efforts and counsel on my behalf, I will not be bullied. How much land can a glassworks require? But I see that it is not so much the land upon which Toll Cottage stands that is the attraction, but the landing field adjoining and the tumbledown shambles beyond. If the children and I were out of the way, Mr. Morton would stand to gain a good ten acres of property with river access for next to nothing.
Sadly for him, the children and I deserve a home far more than he deserves a bigger factory. I apologize for my bluntness, but I am about to lift for our journey down to Cornwall, and time is short if we are to arrive in time for dinner. My mother is very strict about punctuality.
My answer stands. I will not sell.
With Lewis, the bearer of this letter, I am also sending the sum of 25,000 American greenbacks and several loose diamonds that are the gift of Lady Davina Dunsmuir. She thinks I am going to have a bracelet made, but there are more useful things in this world than bracelets. Please liquidate them with all possible speed and invest the lot on my behalf in the Zeppelin Airship Works. You may have every confidence that this concern will not go the way of the Arabian Bubble.