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certainly but little propriety in boring you with my affliction & its results.  "In [indecipherable], at any rate it would be the very height of [indecipherable] on the part of one who, like me, has enjoyed [indecipherable] during a long life, to complain at the clouds, broken [indecipherable] wh. may [indecipherable] shadow the closing scene.  To maintain the [indecipherable] while changing the subject, I was very glad to find from your letter these first clouds were beginning to show [indecipherable].  I need not assure you of


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