|'Some little time ago the Home Office wrote to ask how the Glass worker's cataract work was getting on, and I understand that the work of the Cambridge men is now completed, and ready to be reported. The Secretaries here therefore think it is very desirable that a reply should be sent to the Home Office as soon as possible, and to that end, that a meeting of the Committee should be held at an early date. It is practicable for you to come up to town for a meeting soon, and if so will you propose a date? I think a Wednesday would be most generally convenient. If you cannot come up, would you consent to a meeting being held in your absence, and send your own views on the situation in writing.
I hope your presence at Bath does not mean that your old enemy has got a worse grip of you. I am ashamed to say that I have been off duty for a month as the result of a severe attack of influenza, and am not going very strong yet. I hoped I had got pickled, as I have not been attacked for more that 5 years, but it caught me this time my thirteenth or fourteenth attack.'