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can be no reasonable cause to expect the return of such casualties, in no case can their visitations be said to have left an [indecipherable] upon the [indecipherable] or country so as to make a return likely.  If you can keep the best of your people on, I would make a stretch to do so.  Three or four years time they will be as flourishing as ever.  What should be done is to throw the many small farms into a comparatively few, but when you have to deal with people without capital how is this to be done?  I say this my dear fellow dreading for you the enormous work you have before you if you [indecipherable] the Estate into a pastoral one, but "du [qui] sera sera"[?], I had better leave the matter alone only assuring you that you have my best sympathies with you.  You had so very large 

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