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the shock, which naturally occurs on the first receipt of such news, has subsided you will all bear it with more composure & be resigned to the loss, wh. indeed is not one compared to the distress of seeing him languish & linger out a long & dreary life in a helpless state which must otherwise have been the case.

I hope by this time James has joined you in safety; perhaps from having so recently left England & his relation's home, next to your poor Mother (for whom my heart really 

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