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against my heart, think you that

as you gaze into my eyes & feel the

wild throbbing of my broken heart,

you could for one instant doubt

the passionate love that I have so

often assured you.  I feel for you!


               How can you think

that my patience is ever taxed

by your sweet missives or that

I will consider them egotistical?

banish such unjust thoughts

far from you darling Bettie,

for there is naught in all the

world my own Sister, that glad-

dens the heart of your little

Pet as much, as a letter from you :

doubt it not & please be not so

long silent again : Your long

silence before the reception of your

last, gave me many a heart-ache,