From: August Smithson
I have spoken with Benge and am in agreement that this forest mystery must be investigated. He was, as usual, irritated by my speaking to him and I am quite sure he disliked my insistence upon voicing my own opinion. I did notice through the library windows his dark glower as he stormed away from the forest. My assumption that he had discovered something untoward was completely on the mark.
I am admittedly curious over his description of his discovery, river-side. Since I have finished my legal tasks, I offer my services. Benge is, again, less than pleased with my interest. I did placate the Savage somewhat by assuring him that a second pair of eyes might prove useful. I also agreed that any interference of a MacBean nature would be less than helpful.
But it is your property, hence the request. I do not wish to cause you alarm or worry. I think this investigation should conclude itself without anything greater than an amble in the woods. I am willing to tolerate the less than cheerful presence of the Indian, simply to put our minds at rest that this is indeed nothing with which to concern ourselves.
I have informed Benge to expect me, should you give approval. Even if he sets out without me, I feel certain I would find him in no time. Despite my distinct lack of pleasure in wilderness rambles, I am willing to accompany him. At most, I should be able to return with a report that is not marked by strange mystic phrases and supernatural assumptions, which is always a dread with regard to Benge.