John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 195

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at a great rate [indecipherable]
life  "My word"  - Am allowed 600 a yr as Salary Equipment and forage - and my men paid by govt - not so dusty is it.
I like it particularly Well  - have a most decided affection for the Salary -
Got plenty of riding about, all over the country - quite a horseman - rather different to the little jogs I used to get occasionally in Engd. [England]
Weren't you surprised.   beyond Mr [indecipherable] had [?] out in this style - to tell the truth it rather astonished myself
I have sent home for instruments to be I trust

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