Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 273

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of my indebtedness.

I had a charming time of it in Italy.  The weather was simply perfect all the time of our week, while here it is cold & damp, perpetual rain in fact.  I only wonder how I have not been laid up with cold & rheumatism but I returned to winter clothing on landing reaching France & have thus I imagine [indecipherable] myself.  I had the most exquisite days crossing the Simplon.  The land was all [indecipherable] except in the deep ravines & of course on the mountain tops & all the alpine flowers were in full beauty.  Those three days were worth all the rest of the journey together to me.  Next to thost two days I spent in the Islets, I. Bella & Madre in the Lago Maggiore, where the Rhododendrons 

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