February 1889

My dear Father
     It is now some weeks since I heard from you, and having been previously quite out of the way, beyond the limits of civilization.  Your last did not come into my possession for some time after it was due,
I have felt considerable anxiety on Ablett's account - but not having received any communication since I have argued that all was again going on [?] which I must earnestly trust is the case and that next mail will bring the confirmation {[?] of my hopes,
It afforded me much pleasure to know that in other respects you were all going on [?]  
         Thank you for your budget of next [?]


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