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years have both decreased since I could first rem
ember. I have some consolation in knowing
that I am not singular in my conjecture
For I have frequently heard father make the same
remark I cannot realize the solemn fact that
Christmas is only three weeks off when
December enters it I feel as if New Years Day
has arrived so quickly does it pass away.
I have no objection to those three weeks pass
ing swiftly with their elapse. I shall you
all whom I do so earnestly desire to behold
I think it is time already for you to be
showing as your bright fare when we par
ted that is the consolation which you offered
me that I should see you so soon again
that soon has made itself very late to
my own knowledge. I received a most pre
cious letter from my dear father a few days
ago, giving me a description of the dedicat-
tion &c. The Ladies must have gone there
for the express purpose of enjoying
one of the good things of this life.
Mr. Wm Waller gave me a slight sketch of