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It gives me very great pleasure to know you & dr. m. [dear mother] are so well   =   Should like v [very] much to be amongst you if only for a short period  -  but it is useless wishing, must therefore make up my mind to rest contented until that happiness is afforded  -  No one could be more delighted at such prospect
than myself - but we cannot do as we would it would be great folly to think of throwing away my present chance  - it may be rather uncertain, but trust & hope to hold The situation for some time to come  -  the only thing against it is the shifting about plenty of changes - It is very plest. [pleasant?] when camped near any Station - as at the present  -  for being well known have a general Welcome  -  Am just not living as a guest at one of the places -
I must begin to draw to a close for having recd. [received] advice of a Gov.t. [government] Land sale down country at wh. [which] I shall be present -  have [word crossed out] a ride tomorrow of between 60 & 70 miles straight out - tolerable work for the grass fed horse isn't it? Will

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