John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 215
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Well Dr Father I must be drawing to a close as I have some Official returns to make up for this post = it was with much pleasure I heard you were all well. I hope you enjoyed a Merry Christmas and that the New Year [words crossed out] will be unusually happy and most sincerely and heartily thanking you and my dr [dear] friends for their kindness and consideration with kindest love Regards remembrance etc [?] who kindly remember & give me a place in their thoughts believe me my dearest Father
Yr truly Affec.
I will write again shortly but I thought you would be anxious to hear about the instruments