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sometimes feel equally hopeful trusting to the [indecipherable] of the medical men.  Onslows Brother & [indecipherable] who [indecipherable] them with the stethoscope from time to time declared that his lungs were quite sound, and then again my spirits [indecipherable].

I had intended to have written you a long letter as well as one to William but I have not husbanded my time well & now having been writing for three days find at the 11th hour business, a matter of [indecipherable] will occupy the time I intended to leave [indecipherable] to you two.  You will be distressed to hear that poor General Lee has been compelled to capitulate thus depriving the Confed. cause of its best hope.  The cause in fact was lost from the day in wh. [indecipherable] wanted it opposed thro the [indecipherable] body of the Confedy.  Every body now blames the Ministry for not having joined [indecipherable] in his proposal of recognition of these[?] States.  He certainly has lost our chance of retarding the advance of Democracy for a half century or so & I fear will [indecipherable] to bear the present.

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