John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 237

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Some letters always possess the greatest amount of interest. and the arrival of one is over [?] [overhauled?] with delight - I thought of you all at Christmas and wished much.  I could have made one of the party - I expect many and great change must have taken place during my long absence.  I am getting some what reconciled to the Australian Christmas
Now the weather is rather different to what You experience at that time in England, for instance try an imagine the heat somewh.[somewhere] between 80 and 110 in the shade instead of freezing
Not long since I spent an Evening with Dr Fleck (as he is called) who is very recently from Newmarket from him I obtained a little general news Alkomoa [?] was a 'famous Cat during [?] [Christmas?] time
There has been no particular change in the Surrey system Altho' it was much expected  They tried hard to carry their point -  We were

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