John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 197
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I suppose you and Missus have been conspiring to make an old Uncle of me Ole "Ablett for shame. 'Pon [upon] my word can hardly fancy you a married man.
How do you look under The trying circumstances - Think of the little Frocks and shoes You'll have to buy -
How is my old frd (friend) Leo. Along [?] the polite & attentive [?]
I heard from [?] the other day he is rubbing along all
[?] in the neighb'd [neighbourhood] of some of the Diggings, havent seen him now for the best part of three years, Well old fellow must begin to thank of [?]