John H. W. Pettit letters to his family in England, illustrated with sketches by the writer, 1852-1868 - Page 227
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From all accounts of My little niece she must be a perfect beauty and a prodigy. I was prepared to believe everything that could be said of her - Ablett will most assuredly have to send one her portrait when she gets a little Older as I am most anxious to know what she is like - Babies generally have a [?] [adoring?] appearance since [?] altho [although] of course it is very different with her} [word crossed out] no individual Characteristics, the portrait of one would in 9 cases out of 10 do for another, unless the dear infant has a squint or some other such charming little peculiarity =
You must form a very cosy looking family party now Father smoking his Hookah - You nursing the Baby - Ablett and Sarah - looking profound and important.
Good night ....God bless you all -
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