3 November 1888
The following letter, bearing the Uckfield postmark of Oct. 27, has been received by the Earl of Sheffield:-
"England, Oct. 27, 1888.
Dear Lord Sheffield,
I am sorry, but feeling it my duty to let you know, as I do not think you do, or you would not have the Heart to turn an old Tennent like poor old Mrs. Grover out of her Home after such a hard struggle to maintain and bring up her family, not only that, but not allowing anyone to get an honest living there in the Butchering line as they have done for a great number of years, nut it seems to me as though you and your faithful steward want it all, and if you had my wish you would get more than you wanted. Remember this is a warning to you, but at the same time I should be much obliged to you if you could arrange it for your steward to sleep under the same roof as yourself on Monday night, October 29th, or else I shall have to bring an assistant. My knife is nice and sharp. Oh for a gentleman this time instead of a lady. I am sorry for troubling you, but don't forget the 29th.
I remain your truly,
Jack the Ripper."
Lord Sheffield has for some time past been so frequently annoyed by anonymous letter writers that he has resolved to make a special effort upon this occasion to capture his cowardly assailant. The above letter has therefore been reproduced in facsimile, and his lordship has offered a reward of £250 for information leading to the arrest of the writer.