Original letter. Written in Pittsburgh. Interrupted and continued on January 10th. Acknowledges the receipt of a Christmas gift (small sphynx statue). Discusses ancient Egyptian cities, land composition, and deposits made by the Nile. Remarks on the correspondences of the plagues and of Goshen. Advises Chandler with regard to the "Reed influence" affecting his society , the "fossils" and barnacles of the church. Mentions Chandler's upcoming Sunday School Conference Committee and the possibilty of building church buildings for both societies. Refers to his previous scolding of Tafel. Requests a set of the Writings on behalf of Mr. Childs as a wedding present for couple who are new to the Church. People, places, and publications mentioned: the Word, Egypt, Assyria, [i]The Land of the Nile[/i] (Adams), Goshen, children of Israel, Moses, Pharaoh, the Union, Reed, the Church, Ward, Committee, the Lord, Unitarian Cat., Tafel/ "P", MacDonald, the [i]Contemporary[/i], Max Muller's "Philosophy of Mythology," Sallie (Hibbard), Troy (NY), London Edition of the Writings, Boston, Mr. Childs, Russia, Cambridge at Alexander's, Mr. Gillespie (J. H. Gillespy) & bride (Fanny Bliss), Grace & babies.