Volume 58: Sir George Macleay correspondence, 1848-1880: No. 322

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the [indecipherable] has arrived.  I feel much distressed about it.  I always found him the most kind & respectable of men and a most devoted friend.  Few men have been so formed by [indecipherable] with friends as he has been.  I mean friends with him [indecipherable] of the time.  [indecipherable] been spared to all but the three score years & ten myself.  I have but [indecipherable] the whole of them.  Indeed I have but two [indecipherable], you & Sir C. Nicholson.  May you take [indecipherable]!  Well this ought not to make one mourn.  I ought to be one of the very gayest & happiest of mankind, for I certainly have been one of the most fortunate.

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