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Soochow, each one day distant, until Watson's letter and further cable news arrives, then I shall determine what to do. In the meantime, I am busy here, in seeing men who have been into the interior searching for things for me. Some have been fairly successful, so are returning empty-handed and with empty pockets, I fear.

If after receiving further news from Watson, I feel that ^[[I]] ought to be at Kingston, I shall start ^[[homeward]] promptly. Otherwise, I shall go on to Hongkong and Canton as originally intended and be governed thereafter (except as to Siam.) by what I hear from Watson. I know too, that you will not hesitate to wire me, if for any reason you deem it wiser for me to return.

My address both for letters and telegrams, will remain as at present, ease of Hongkong Shanghai Bank, Shanghai. The officials of this Bank are very obliging and will forward in case of my absence.

Arth all good wishes to you and yours
Very sincerely   Charles L. Freer.

P.S. I shall need some more money on the 16th inst. and will cable you.
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