Arkstone Forest December 18th 1837
My dear James
I was very sorry to hear that aunt had so
bad an ancle [sic], but hope by this time, it is quite well.
Brothers and I are quite pleased with this part of the country,
but you had better come and see it yourself. We have got a good
bathing-place which you will agree with me is no small comfort
this hot weather; and there are some very pretty rambles about here.
We have many hills around us, which we have begun to name;
one we have called for the mountain on which the Ark rested, as it was
named on the day and month on which Noah entered into the ark,
which he quitted with his family on this day 4187 years
We have got a kangaroo here which follows us about like a dog.

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