Although I never saw my Mother's Will, I was sent a copy of my Father's and that one proved to be fraught with problems. First of all the lawyers who drew it up had carelessly inserted an incorrect stand number for the property and the correction of this required signatures from all beneficiaries, which included Alice's son and our three sons. It was considered unwise to emphasise to them that they would ultimately come into some small portion of the inheritance because of a possible misconception over my Father's wealth, of which many people had a very exaggerated idea, and their youthful views of the amount. Apart from the arrangements made for Christopher and Lennox and a wish he expressed that John should continue to be looked after, my father left two Trusts, the major one in Alice's name to devolve eventually to her son and the other to me, due to go on to our sons. However, with the many changes taking place in South Africa, the lack of improvement (an intrinsic loss, in fact) in the value of the Trust funds left to me, and our intention of eventually emigrating from the country, I decided to try to break my Trust with the cooperation of our three sons and I suggested that we might agree that I would retain half the amount and the other half would be divided equally between them as soon as the Trust was broken. It took some persuading for both Chris and Edwin Letty to fall in with this plan. Thereafter, Phillip did his very best to obtain the maximum interest on each of these portions until eventually each share due to the boys was sent overseas to their individual accounts. We, on the other hand, were not able to move all our capital; instead whatever was over and above the "Settling-in Allowance" for emigrants had to be placed into "blocked funds" with the South African Reserve bank. Over the years we were able to transfer some of this periodically, but the value of the Rand continued to decrease, so that the true value dwindled considerable.
Andrew, in fact, summed up the situation like this: "had we inherited a third at the time Grandad died, we could each have bought a house, but by the time we got our share, it could only buy a motor-bike!" Although I do not know all the facts, I believe Alice, too, decided to break the Trust in her name.