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I note all that you have done & can only trust that you will be well [indecipherable] for the expense & trouble. If only no fatality occurs you [indecipherable] but for a [indecipherable]. I wrote to Hooker on receipt of your letter telling him of what you had written as to his getting the pick of your collections. I observe what you say of your [indecipherable][ actions with the Veitchs. Poor Harry Veitch has overworked himself & has now been absent from the establishment for some time in result of health. I should not be surprised if he followed his brother John. As soon as I have time I will go there & [indecipherable] the despatch of some of your numerous cases. I will give the other Brothers, if Harry be not soon coming home, a list of plants to send. I have not [indecipherable] or time to write more now. [indecipherable] send by next mail I hope some gossip to dear Elizabeth, so will be close to Mr. & Mrs. Bains & her good dear brother.
I remain yr. attached old friend,
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Some [indecipherable] & some Hippeastrums turned up from wreck of W. Castle about 20 for me and half as many for Hooker.
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