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Dr B. Shelley Parramatta November 17th 1802
Sister Shelley It being so short a period since your  willing to [indecipherable] found opportunity of wishing to you departure - I have nothing much [new news] to write about - & [indecipherable Names?] is to sail in [tomorrow] the hearing that the
I have only time to drop drop a line but through your request I cannot let this opportunity slip - 
my last to you was dated [indecipherable] the [sixth] [indecipherable], by which I hope you [received] the articles you made mention of to me
the articles you left with me are still in hand, [some] the fishing tackle and a few of the [matts] which are sold and I expect they will all go in a short time, you had better send me word by the first opertunity [opportunity] what you wish in return
This country at this date is in Great Distress and [altho] Which is so very dear the farm farmers are Starving for Bread, but we fully ex
=pect the harvest to begin in about [14] days when their [indecipherable] will be 

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