Letter, Thomas Nicholson
13 Jul 1854
The contents of the letter are: the large balance due to the firm of Christopher Kerr & Co at the death of her husband will mean that the proceeds of the Policies of Insurance on his life and the prospective share of the proceeds or profits in that firm, to which he is entitled, will be absorbed.
Mrs Kerr will be entitled to three hundred pounds per annum and that she will have to move from her large house to a smaller more moderately rented house, as the rent of the present one would of itself absorb one third of her whole income.
Thomas Nicholson also writes about Mrs John Kerr's sons and their future prospects. The selling of her furniture and the silver plate would assist in completing the professional education of her two sons.
He finishes that the letter has given him: considerable pain to have to write thus to you .... but .... in reality it is an act of the greatest kindness both to your children and yourself.
The letter is dated 13 July 1854.