to Mr Stagg  -  they are rather behind hand but of course had no chance to do so much earlier -
It is getting rather late and I must begin to draw to a close as I have two or three official documents to prepare.  Reports - Journal etc [?] shall not have an opportunity to write to [?] this time - but surpose [suppose?] may consider this the same thing - pray accept and give him my best etc etc [?] to all relatives -
regards - remembrances etc etc [?] to all friends not forgetting Mr Mrs Barnes - Townsend - Dorling [?] [word crossed out] Mr Head & others
and in conclusion my dearest Mother believe me to remain
Your truly affectionate and loving
Jno [John?]

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