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meteorological difficulties the half stream.  In an unpleasant early Spring here, while the Continent is in icy midwinter never felt anything so painfully cold as the biting winds of Naples.  [indecipherable[ why tell us all this to account for my non performance of my passion my dear Friend.  I really have been too ill to write since & have been on land while I could not overcome my reluctance to go to 

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