The signatory is Director General Alexander Armstrong.
[The deceased Honorary Surgeon, William Thomas Domville had been Medical Officer-in-Charge of Haslar Naval Hospital between 13 November 1877 and 25 November 1877. He succeeded Inspector General William Richard Edwin Smart, under whom William Loney served]
Oct 28, 1879
I am desired by [First Lord] Mr [William Henry] Smith to say in reply to your letter of the 27th inst. that your claims will be considered with those of others when he selects an officer for the Honorary Surgeonship to the Queen
The signatory is Captain William Codrington RN, the Private Secretary to the First Lord.
I have no doubt the services of all will be duly considered when the vacancy is considered.
Your obedt servant
Clevedon [Somerset, on the Severn Estuary about 13 miles west of Bristol].
The signatory is Rear-Admiral Richard James Meade, the recently succeeded 4th Earl of Clanwilliam.