John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 151

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My kind Love to All friends at

My Dr Mother
I have to thank you for 2 or 3 notes which have only come to hand am very sorry to know [indecipherable] you had both been so unwell but glad to know you are both recovd . Ablette never quite took me by surprise had [indecipherable] matters here progressing considerable with him hope it may turn out well and for his benefit. He urges me very strongly to return throwing out great inducements Dr Mother I don't know what to do. Must remain here for a period having commenced a partnership must see if it will answer. There is I think a tolerable chance still [indecipherable] I should not be fit for a mere clerk again - after my free rough independent life feel either anxious both on Father's [indecipherable]

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