John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 149

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(indecipherable) course for many years  -  .... to anything particular.  I have as you see...... shed in partnership with a young man and do not doubt of our being able to pick a tolerably comfortable living   =  High [indecipherable] will gradually come down they shant  This Colony cannot be in the close communication with England & other countries without things gradually to a level. Approximating [indecipherable] nearer to each other [indecipherable] must be stay altogether, or go a middle course[?] wont do I must  either go on steadily with that I've already commenced or give it up as soon as possible & return Now think another [indecipherable] calmly consider everything can't say come back merely because you might wish[?] to see me, for if I allowed my inclinations [indecipherable] to guide me I should soon be off. Must I [indecipherable] a poor unfortunate clerk or something of that 

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