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entire family: but while I am

thanking you for your sympathy

& telling you of my love, you are

perhaps wishing that I would

comply with the request expressed

in the latter part of your letter.

I will not trouble you with the

many & conflicting rumours that

have reached our ears, but will

only give you what we think

the most probable of them all:

I fear, we will never know anything

certain in regard to our idol's

fall, for in his anxiety to drive

back the merciless foe, he had

ridden far ahead of the regiment

& the last that was seen of him

was when dashing in eager haste

towards the enemy's column:

He fell, firing almost the last