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progress in drawing lately partly because my
accomplished friend Miss [Sutton] has taken it
into her head to get married and remove to
Sydney but this would not have interrupted
my studies altogether and I would have now 
returned to benefit by her occasional instructions
had not my health which has been rather delicate
of late obliged me to relinquish the pencils for
a time -  I am quite well again now and as
soon as the weather becomes a little cooler I
intend to make good use of your beautiful 
pencils. I have tried the very dark ones on
 several [indecipherable] [lines/times?] in spite of the [Doctors?] **[protestations?] and I find them to be far superior to any
I have before this?  I have [indecipherable] up a parcel
of chit chat notes for you which have escaped
the flames?  (James having frequently written
that you cared [much?] for such gossip in England
and [accompanying?] them you will find local notes
from the Misses Mackay during my last stay 
at Sydney. You have frequently heard me say


& their flowers are too delicate to bring from a 
distance. We [indecipherable] [nearer?] have here of their

[Line 3]  [Lady?] [indecipherable] [Giiles?] [Boys?] in the [indecipherable] of help much

[Line 4] and Elizabeth is also preparing a collection of Cake  tables which will I dare say be acceptable [to some?]
[of your?]  fair friends. We have not yet seen any
of the Governors family - Mrs Bourkes health
being at present too delicate to receive visitors.
James & William have both seen the Governor
and will [dutifully / doubtfully?] give a description of their
reception and of the opinion they have formed of
his Excellency.  When you see the Archdeacon may [you?] higher to him I will write a


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