John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 225

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 pitched upon a very pretty bank, overlooking the Rivers & lots of fish bream reds get both from [?] to [?] of lbs each - boomers -
The surrounding country is very hilly [?] mountainous and thickly timbered - Wish you could drop in and give me a look -
Attended a Ball given by us Batchelors [bachelors] the last time I was down country, and a most spicy affair it was, everything in style - I understand the married fogies intend to return the complement,  but am afraid I will be too much out of the way, or too busy to be present,
Hope you all enjoyed a Merry Xmas - a Happy New Year etc [?] was knocking about the country at the time, and spent both Xmas and New Years day at a friend's house, forming one of a large family party - I wonder when I will have one at home  -  I often hear of [word crossed out] your little doings in certain interesting communications from St Giles.
I thanked you in my last to dear F. for your little present the cake - but do so again now - pray give my congratulations

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