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I hope if such is the case that Elizabeth's choice may be in every respect productive of happiness to her, both in the present & in the future, but I shall say no more until I hear more certainly whether my congratulations are not premature.
Yu will be shocked to hear that poor S. [?] Watson Taylor has been overtaken by a very sad visitation- a cancer in the [indecipherable] he dined with us on the 18th August  and was then quite well & cheerful he is now at death's door being sustained from day to day by a very small quantity of fluid which he swallows with great difficulty.  - The brothers & sisters are constantly with him - he is aware that his case is perfectly hopeless his patience & resignation are quite wonderful  - I have 

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