7 Albert Grove, Southsea.
October 1st 1898
I expect you have, by this time, almost forgotten me, not having seen me for so long, and I not writing.
Well, I am going to write at last, and, above all things, a begging letter.
Hearing from Gran that you are about to sail for New York, I am going to ask you to do something for me.
Now I am a Foreign Stamp Collector (I have about 785 now) and the US have just issuid a new set of stamps, and I want you, if you can, to get me a few specimens (unused, preferably) That’s like my cheek, isn’t it. The stamps that I want are oblong, about this size [sketch]
However, you will soon see what I mean.
I am going to King’s College, London, in January (I shall be 15 December 2nd) and after 2 years there I am going to try for the Civil Service.
We are all well; I hope Auntie and the ten footer are all right.
Hoping that you will have a fine voyage, I remain
Your affectionate nephey
Basil A Yeaxlee
[Includes sketch of stamp outline]