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ation of New Orleans which I believe is very considerable.  I saw some very beautiful country while i was on this trip - hilly and magnificently woode[d] and a soil that would grow any-thing almost.  However this soil is con-fined to the hill sides and a wide be[lt] on Each side washed down from the hills no doubt - outside the belt you find yourself on "Pine ridge", a dry sandy plain covered with a long coarse grass.  dotted all over with fire fir trees = These sometimes grow to a good size = All other vegetation on the pine ridge is very stunted = but these plains form a most charming feature of the country - and might be turned to good account.  They Extend early Through-out the length of the Colony - and are as flat as a table forming in them-selves almost a perfect road - I have left myself very little room I see.  We are all doing well - Especially the baby and my private work is increa-sing - I shall notwithstanding be ready at any moment to go to a place of greater general interest than this whe[re] there is positively nothing of interest Ex-cepting the country in itself - that you don't see in Belize.  Best love from Made-leine and myself to you.  Believe me yrs very affectionately A. C. Onslow

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