Dear Mr President
I venture to express my warmest thanks for the letter which I have just received and which I will send at once in original to the Mayor of Carlisle - I will not anticipate his answer. Speaking for myself I cannot help thanking you for the manner in which you received the address at my hands and the terms in which you have answered it. I venture to think that Look to the rock from which thou wast hewn is a good text for good families.
I hope you will allow me to express my warm congratulations on the manner in which your Christmas holiday has been begun and my hopes that you will return greatly strengthened and refreshed.
Believe medear Mr Presidentwith the highest respectand regard
Cecil Spring rice