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S.S. Nubia
Jany 7, 1874

My dear old friend

Our letters of farewell must have crossed.  I am just as well pleased however that I had not received yours when I wrote mine for I was sorry enough when I dispatched it & needed no increase of the feeling which accompanies parting words even in writing between two

The Honble
Sir William Macarthur M.L.C.

[Cross-hatched writing]

change.  We expect to be in "The Sound" tomorrow by daylight.

With kindest love to all the dear ones around you.  I am [indecipherable] my very dear friend

Affy yrs

Geo: Macleay

I will write to dear Elizabeth from Galle.

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