John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 209

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 It was said I took the Theodolite to bed but I assure you on my honor [honour] that is untrue
However my dr [dear] Father I thank you, and all my kind friends for their kind remembrance of me - pray
give them all my best thanks - I will endeavour to do so shortly myself  - everything reminded me of home - I got quite excited
The receipt of the letter [news?] gave me much pleasure - I have several times thought to write and ask for them - they are all good   =  With respect to yourself you are looking some what older but our Mother younger than ever - indeed had not the style of dress been some what matronly - it would have been questioned if it were not

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