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look for the Hibernia. An Official letter to John from Mr Horton will be of no higher consequence in making a reply, but perhaps you will wish to send a copy of your answer home by the present opportunity. It is certainly vain to hope for any good result here.

Patience & moderation must be strictly adhered to. You will remember what John says of the moderate tone of your last years correspondence.

MacDougall has kindly procured leave for Reid to go with this. He rides up Bowman's grey horse, & has a pass until the 23rd. He can bring the Horse back at the end of that time or as much sooner as you please. Bowman wants him back, as there is a Gig, in the Wm Shand. Stephenson has

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