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we have been with him. I wish that I could indulge each a slight hope that he will find him much alive.  You will naturally think this a most shabby letter to your gloriously long letter, but I will do better next month [indecipherable] have been to Sicily & it will be odd if I do not find something there likely to interest you, whether or no, do not you [indecipherable] out to me as I measure to you, but continue like a good fellow as you did to spin the longest yarns yo9u can.  All that you can tell me about yr. garden & vineyards has a unfailing interest for me.  Politics I can read in the papers.  England I asked you to give me a list of those extra plants in the Colony which were becoming naturalized & more especially those wh. threaten or are already become nefarious[?].  I also asked you to send me if you could procure them a few specimens of the stone "Neogos" which are occasionally dry out of the "lessions" in the Cow pastures.  These stone 

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