State Library of NSW
[Indecipherable] 15 Dec 1888
My dear Elizabeth
I feel guilty in not having 'ere this thanked you for your kind note to me, Philip keeps you so well up in news that I feel I have little to say however I will try to give your some chat he may neglect - first good news is that at last we are blessed with rain and I can assure you when we passed Camden on our way from Melbourne there was a green shade on the hills wh were quite brown when we saw them on our way to the "great City" as it is called. We were away 4 weeks & enjoyed the change very
& did not give Philip any trouble I am thankful to say but when he lodged us at home he said, "My mind's relieved now" which amused me! for he had appeared quite contented & happy!! I was glad to see him free from business Pen, Ink and Paper for once & he looks all the better for the rest while we were away poor old Mary
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