Amyot sends a leter through the agency of Bishop Mountain. He is pleased to hear that Ryland has obtained a position for his son, and is anxious about his case before the Colonial Assembly, and, at home, about a financial crisis in the City.
Amyot states that he has not failed to make it known that Ryland was the "Wellington" of the fight over the Appropriations Bill. He would prefer a pension to a continuance of his position in the present circumstances. The question of paper vs. bullion still rages in the City.
Amyot thanks Ryland for his kindness to friends travelling in America, and mentions a Court Martial, delayed by Sir James Yeo's departure for Africa; also Admiral Byng's meeting with Bonaparte on the Bellerophon.
Amyot informs Ready that Ryland has waived his son's claim to Amyot's deputyship. The death of the Duke of Richmond has rendered impossible an arrangement which His Grace had planned, and so Lieutenant-Colonel Ready and Ryland will deputize pro tem for Amyot, until an arrangement can be made with Lord Bathurst's sanction, or the appointment of a permanent deputy becomes necessary. Meanwhile Ryland receives and transmits Amyot's salary and other sums due to Amyot from Mr. Taylor's representatives.
Amyot sends Ryland copies of the Debates on the ill-fated Union Bill. He explains that Londonderry did not care to press the Bill against Sir James Mackintosh's opposition. A misunderstanding has arisen among Amyot, Sir Nathaniel Burton, and Colonel Ready concerning the former's position. He will not relinquish it to Ready for a sum out of the profits, but he would accept Burton's offer of a �300 pension. Canning is talked of as Londonderry's successor.
After discussing the affairs of acquaintances, Amyot tells Ryland that the latter over-weights the extent of court influence. The direct line of court patronage, he explains, is not to be compared to that of parliament. A financial panic continues in the City, and it will affect Montreal.
The Reverencd William D. Ryland (son of H.W. Ryland) has gone to England and is in touch with Thomas Amyot, who has lent him money for his initial expenses. Lord Goderich, (Frederick Robinson), has been made Colonial Secretary.
After discussing money matters, Amyot proceeds to tell Ryland that the arrangements for his (Amyot's) civil list pension of 400 and for appointing a Mr. Daly in his position are nearly complete. Daly has most discourteously applied for the position without Amyot's knowledge. Amyot will now feel less interest in Canadian politics, which have always bewildered him.
Thomas Amyot has ceased to be Secretary of Lower Canada. He discusses financial matters and Daly's appointment. Amyot has just finished presiding at a protracted meeting of a Board for electing a chaplain for the Westminster Hospital.