"to accept the enclosed watch as a slight mark of the affection and esteem in which they hold you, and in a small way in recognition of the many kindnesses which the several generations of Choir Boys have received at your hands. They recognise that the interest which you have taken in your boys whilst in the Choir, and in their after life, has only influenced them for good."
"I am commissioned by the Congregation and Friends of Christ Church to offer you - and beg your acceptance of - the enclosed cheque as a small mark of their esteem and appreciation of your untiring work for 40 years for the Services and the Choir of Christ Church. I need hardly tell you how much pleasure it gives me to be the sender to you of this message."
"I enclose what I suggest should be the little annual fee for the trouble you are so good as to promise to take in keeping me informed of the music and hymns. … I thought the evening singing even better than the morning yesterday; one boy sang like a nightingale in the evening."[Sunday] 16 June 1912 - From The Durdans
"I should like to give the enclosed little present to the nightingale, whoever he may be, (as I cannot see the choristers from where I sit, so cannot identify him) or if there be two, divide it. Do as you think best."[Monday] 17 March 1913 - From 38, Berkeley Square
"I enjoyed the 'Crucifixion' very much indeed, and I was extremely vexed that I had to go away about half way through. But I had only a quarter of an hour before dinner, and an ambassador waiting for me. If I had been alone, I should have let the dinner take its chance and remained to hear the whole."[Wednesday] 4 June 1913 - From 38, Berkeley Square
"My daughter tells me that the tune you wanted is to be found in the Scottish Hymnal. I do not know if you have this collection, and I presume you must have played the hymn at her marriage from it.[Monday] 9 June 1913 - From Rosebery, Gorebridge, Midlothian
"Suppose it were possible on Saturday the 14th., could we manage another tea of the same guests with some singing? If it would be practicable on your side, I would let you know whether it would be practicable on mine. There is a Chapter of the Garter that day at Windsor which may detain me rather later than I wish."
"I sent you a Scottish Psalter today.[Easter Monday] 13 April 1914 - From The Durdans
"It would be very pleasant if my guests could sing that pretty hymn when they come to tea. At present I don't see why it should not be next Saturday. If not it could be the Saturday after. I will let you know".
"Did you see Robin in church yesterday morning?Easter [if Sunday, then 4 April] 1915 - From Windsor Castle
"He is coming over next Saturday to have a game of rounders and tea with the same five boys if you can bring them.
"Three of them might even sing!
"I hope you are none the worse for your trying day yesterday."
"This day reminds me of my little annual tribute which I enclose. Christ Church has been much in my mind all day."