Two-page autograph letter dated April 28th, 1865, addressed “Dear Sir” and signed “A. H. Layard.”  In this letter, Layard declines a speaking engagement, stating that it is difficult for him to accept invitations from institutions with which he has no connection.  Layard was a political and social reformer, and was acquainted with Dickens.  Layard was particularly interested in administrative reform.  It may have been Judge Patterson’s intention to include this letter adjacent to page 277, where Eckel in his Bibliography lists the “Speech of Charles Dickens, Esq. Delivered at the Meeting of the Administrative Reform Association” on June 27th, 1855.