Third day Morning
My dear Robert,
Canst thou drink tea with my father today?
I should be quite satisfied to leave him in thy company and both Tom & J Sparshall are forced to disappoint him of theirs, or rather, disappoint me. I am going to Earlham today for the 1st time of six weeks, to meet Daniel & Lady Harriet – but shall return in the evening- Still – I wish to be sure of father’s being assured in my absence – Canst thou come?
It is long since they were here- Perhaps they would call after their tea-
Send me a line in answer
And believe me
Thy affecte cousin
Source: King and Pierce
Address: R J.C –Alderson, Helen’s Place
 James Alderson is ill but alive, therefore before October 1825; Also Thomas Sparshall who used to help with James is alive, therefore before 15 August 1825. After 12 December 1822 when Daniel Gurney and Harriet Hay were married.
 Robert Jervis Coke Alderson (b.1802)
 James Alderson (1744-1825). See Gary Kelly. “Opie, Amelia (1769-1853).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004.
 Thomas and Joseph Sparshall. Thomas Sparshall (1805-1825) often sat with Opie’s invalid father when she accepted social invitations away from home. Opie will later address a poem In Memory of Our Beloved and Lamented Young Friend, in her volume Lays for the Dead. See King and Pierce, Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie, p. 583.
 Daniel Gurney (lives in North Runcton), brother of Joseph John Gurney and husband of Lady Harriet Gurney. . See M. W. Kirby. “Gurney, Daniel (1791-1880).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. Web. 2 Aug. 2013.
 Lady Harriet Gurney née Hay (d. 1837). See M. W. Kirby. “Gurney, Daniel (1791-1880).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. Web. 2 Aug. 2013.
 Sir Edward Hall Alderson (1787-1857). See Steve Hedley. “Alderson, Sir Edward Hall (bap. 1787, d. 1857).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004. Web. 25 July 2013.
 Lady Elizabeth Hurry Milman née Alderson. Charles Mosley et al ed. “Milman.” Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage. 106th ed. 1999. 1936-1938. Print.