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My dear Elizabeth,

I was very glad to hear your good news & hope you may have a happy meeting with your good husband tomorrow. A steamer has just passed up at 8.15 which may be the expected one!
I thank you very much for your kind wish 

[cross written]
I hope although disappointed in the result of the expedition that he is all the better for the trip and thorough change. I suspect the H.M.S. "Diamond" arrived today a salute was fired to the Commodore as she came up the harbour a very ugly vessel [indecipherable] bow!   

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