May 16th 1867
My very dear Friend
We have just learned through Henry of your sad bereavement. I should say our bereavements for [indecipherable] years past I have been accustomed to regard you all as something more than friends and I need not tell you how Bushman's sympathies [indecipherable] with mine. Your poor dear Brother had attained an age I believe not far short of the term allotted by the Psalmist to man yet he was so fresh in all his feelings, so warm
Sir William Macarthur
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If I say what I feel, & but run the risk of storing up afresh the griefs that have nationally been throughout all ages by the lapse of time. I think that they will believe that if we have rejoined with them lately we now [indecipherable] with them. Tell them this my dear Fellow with my best love. I will not attempt to [indecipherable] with them - in fact I cannot do it. My wife has written but I may add her short affectionate regards to my own.
God bless & comfort you all.
Ever your most [indecipherable] friend,