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much had a warm welcome from our friends & much to see in the Exhibition & I cannot say that I found Melbourne all I had anticipated from hearsay! I very much prefer Sydney but it is not fair to compare the places they are so different. Melbourne is so flat & except for some fine buildings very uninteresting - the Exhibition a success - our NS Wales Court made a good show & was noted as one of the best Courts the Mineral Trophies were very striking Gold Silver Copper Iron Tin etc etc the building

Macarthur was called to her rest she had been in a very strange state for some months sometimes I thought her half silly. It appears that her brain gave way & she was for a few days in a half unconscious state & on the 25th Nov she slipt away without suffering. Agnes was with her those days & they had a nurse   


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