John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 281

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Ablett [word crossed out] evidently becoming quite a family man.  I wish him all possible joy and happiness  -  this too is of course a very wonderful child - is it as great a prodigy as the first?   Wished much to have written him a few lines but cannot do so this time.   Must beg you to communicate my good wishes etc  -  trust his prospects are improving with an increasing family  -  expect there are very many and great changes since my departure  -  Yet it appears almost as the other day that I was amongst you all.
How be Mr & Mrs B & family Father [?] I Are there any more cousins  -  The Albatross appears yet to afford [indecipherable] pleasure to her Crews for I [?] him of an [?] - would often [?] Could make one of yr [your] party - Aquatic 

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