24th April. It seems to have been sent to me by sea mail, and thus took
more than five months to reach me. I am answering immediately, and indeed by air mail, which of course should be delivered to you much more quickly.
I have already sent three letters to you, since we met one another there in the jail. I have often wondered whether you ever received my letters; or, if you indeed answered them, whether your letters were sent to me. Thus, I could do nothing other than pray for you. That I indeed did many times — that the Lord should keep you standing, come what may.
In the meantime I learned from my friends in Barrydale that your trial has constantly been postponed. I then realized how hard it must be for you, so I often prayed here: ‘O Lord! May Kerneels’s trial soon begin; find him either innocent and acquit him; or find him guilty and give him the punishment he deserves; but may his trial soon begin, and speedily finish!’