United Kingdom, December 21, 1871

My dear Parents, 

I feel assured that you will accord a hearty welcome to my usual holiday letter. 

This past year has, I earnestly hope, witnessed in me a greater desire for the acquisition of good and useful knowledge, and an increased aptitude for retaining whatever I have learned.

I thank you for keeping me regularly at school, thereby placing me in a position to profit by the many means of instruction opened to me.

I have advanced in arithmetic, Reading, Writing and Spelling, together with Geography, History, and Drawing.

In our daily routine of reaching thoroughness in each subject is always required, and it has been impressed upon us that carelessness in the preparation of our appointed lessons involves corresponding carelessness in habits which will materially hinder our future progress in life. 

By mastering one difficulty before another presents itself, our powers of application are cultivated and we are thus trained and disciplined for the battle of life, should it please almighty God to allow us to grow to man’s estate. 

With regards to myself, I desire to appreciate fully the means of improvement now within my reach – steadily going forward each day, remembering the proverb – “Slow but sure wins the race”

Before concluding my letter I must inform you that our school has obtained a first class report from the Committee of Council on Education. H.M. Inspector held the examination last July, and the following has been received. “The school does Mr Osborne great credit. The Discipline is well maintained, and, the Instruction is sound and good. The Writing is excellent. The boys in the higher standards also passed successfully in Geography and English History. 

Encouraged by this let us go on cheerfully and hopefully seeking the blessing of God upon our efforts. 

With kind love and best wishes, 

I am, My dear Parents, Your affectionate Son, 

Frederick H.

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