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my specimens of the same Orchids wh. had just been despatched by Green.

You are a wonderfully good man to write so calmly & good naturedly in connection with such a disappointment in this & the loss of so large a sum of money.  Your mode of taking this furious miscarriage seems to punish Green, for I [indecipherable] your letter, with no little consolation.  My first announcement of so [indecipherable] polite a failure, when he [indecipherable] expected [indecipherable] plant success having [indecipherable].  I am distressed enough about it myself. 

And now a thousand thanks for the [indecipherable]

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