State Library of NSW
Naples, May 5
My dear old Friend
I mentioned in a previous letter that being here too long detained in England to admit of my [indecipherable] out my intention of [indecipherable] I had changed the vessel to Egypt. Then accordingly I have been here the last two months, passing the time in a trip to Luxor & back. My [indecipherable] in Egyptian Temples I found had [indecipherable] considerably, but the dolce par niente was sweet indeed & the best part was I confess
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may continue, so much the better change for the peace of Europe. Yr. exhibition after all was after a [indecipherable]. It seems to take [indecipherable] in Europe. The fact is [indecipherable] great competition of those latter days, all countries are looking anxiously for new markets & [indecipherable] are supposed to be nations of wealth & therefore creators of great [indecipherable]. You will have [indecipherable]
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