Acknowledges receipt of HS' letter 'in the middle of furniture vans and debris', and explains that he has only just got out of it to [Staffordshire]. Adds that he is 'cut off from books and mem[ ] of all kinds.' Sets out several table relating to his school at Newcastle, giving the number of hours per week dedicated to various subjects, including science, mathematics, Greek, Latin, German and English. Emphasises that the information comes from his memory. Explains the significance of taking studying certain subjects, e.g., 'the Scientific boy cannot afford time to take German as his Extra Language because he has now to take Greek for Littlego, etc.' Claims that he does not feel strongly about the study of science, and thinks the amount studied as part of the boys' general education should be small, and should be largely increased when they begin to specialise. States that he would not teach it 'to boys who are to have a clerical education'. Refers also to the education given to boys aged from eight to twelve. Claims that if one had to choose between teaching chemistry and physics, one must choose the former, 'just as you must teach French rather than German and Latin rather than Greek...altho' educationally German is better than French and Greek than Latin.' Offers to answer any further questions that HS may have. Explains that he is very busy with matters relating to his school, which he must attend to before handing over to his successor. Hopes to have the worst over about three weeks hence.