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land drainage has permanently affected our climate.  My garden [indecipherable] thanks to [indecipherable] watering looks very pretty, the [indecipherable] in it being the Lilies, notably L. Auratum of which I have some with dark stripes, & some without stripes at all or spots & some with no spots L. Species in [indecipherable] and the [indecipherable] hardy hybrid red & crimson Begonias are really splendid.  I must send them out to you.

I have a letter today from Onslow dated June 20th from the [indecipherable] Australian settlement.  I begin to feel very anxious about him & [indecipherable] Macleay & will be very glad indeed when I hear of their return.  This I hope to do by the end of September by telegram.  I would have gone with them

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