The Hague, Holland
Sept. 8th 1886
Dr. John S. Billings,
Surgeon US Army
Your letter of June 19th was duly received by me, but not sooner answered on account of your absence mentioned in it.
After due consideration, I think it better to renounce my possible appointment as a clerk of the Army Medical Museum, employed for special duty.
I am sorry the great uncertainty as to the time of my appointment, and the terms relating to it oblige me to take this decision.
Dr. H. ten Kate