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13 Sept. 75

My dear Sir William,

I had much pleasure in receiving your kind letter of the 5th ult. for which I beg to offer my best thanks.

I looked upon your handwriting as that of an old friend;  and it was more than welcome under the painful circumstances under which you wrote.  I trust however that you have recovered from your unlucky accident, and that you can indulge in your rural pursuits for your own pleasure and the public good.

I intended to have gone up to Sydney a few weeks ago, with my friend Sir Wm. Mitchell, but the expected arrival of my youngest daughter Mrs. Capt. Anderson in the "Whampoa" detained me.  She went home for medical advice, and although she

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